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August 2010

2. ALLIGATOR and THE NORTH ROAD in St. Petersburg
3. Opening in German theatres: JAFFA – THE ORANGE’S CLOCKWORK by Eyal Sivan
4. Publication
5. DVD of the month: WOMEN IN THE SUN


Simon El Habre’s award winning THE ONE MAN VILLAGE about memory and amnesia in Lebanon after the civil war is now released on DVD.
The DVD contains subtitles in six languages and as bonus material deleted Scenes, short-film ‘Welcome back’ from 1996 documenting Semaan’s first return to the village after the war and the Making-Of
More information about the DVD and the sales agents in the different territories here.

2. ALLIGATOR and THE NORTH ROAD in St. Petersburg

The two short film ALLIGATOR by Dana Goldberg and THE NORTH ROAD by Carlos Chahine were officially selected for the competition of Open Cinema International Short & Animation Film Festival St. Petersburg, taking place early September 2010.

3. Opening in German Theatres: JAFFA – THE ORANGE’S CLOCKWORK by Eyal Sivan.

In his new documentary Eyal Sivan portraits the changeful history of Jaffa’s once Palestinian orange groves, their subtle dispossession in the course of the early Zionist settlement and the creation of the famous Israeli brand “Jaffa”. Using remarkable archival material and interviews the director traces how Israel literary created and marketed its image with the help of the orange.
Eyal Sivan, IL/D/F/B 2009, 88 min, Hebrew/Arabic/English/French Germ. ST

The week prior to the theatrical opening in Germany on October 14th the director is presenting the film in the following cities:
10.10.2010 Premiere (in Cooperation with WDR) Filmforum Cologne
11.10.2010 ZKM Centre for  Media Art Karlsruhe
12.10.2010 3001 Kino Hamburg
13.10.2010 Kino im Kuenstlerhaus Hannover
14.10.2010 Eiszeit Kino Berlin

4. Publication

Ajami, film review by Irit Neidhardt (mec film) in INAMO 62 | Summer 2010 (German print version only)

5. DVD of the month: WOMEN IN THE SUN

This documentary articulates some events in the lives of four Palestinian women who share their innermost fears and frustrations, combining personal narratives with larger debates and presents women who face, and women who work to eliminate, violence against women in society.

“The idea for this film started more than a year and half ago. Almost every day in the newspapers, I was reading reports of suicides, and I began thinking that I wanted to do a film on suicide. When I was in Gaza, I found myself filming events and things related to suicide. In June 1997, the Ministry of Information hosted a conference on the problem, and I found it interesting how the issue of suicide became so multi-layered and controversial when it came to women. The discussion was mostly geared towards women, as if suicide was a “women's problem” and not a societal problem. Women were discussed at this conference almost as scapegoats. Then I did interviews with three women from Gaza, each one of them had attempted suicide. I think their personal stories, their voices and the dark places they speak from made me really just want to focus on women in this film. And maybe I was set up for such a thing from long before. I always liked my mother and my sisters more than my father. In New York, in my studies, whether it was being Palestinian, being a refugee, I don't know, but I found myself attracted to areas of readings and writings of feminist studies, gay and lesbian groups, black consciousness, these groups that still have some subversive elements to them.
This is not a film about Palestinian women this is not a representation of Palestinian women, this is a film of perspectives, it sheds light on some areas of the lives of some Palestinian women. How representative they are I don't know. Who can judge, who can tell how much it applies? I don't know. This is a personal film because I really wanted to tell my sisters and my mother how much I love them in this film”. (Palestine Report, August 1998)

Sobhi al-Zobaidi, Palestine 1998, documentary, 58 min, Arabic
Subtitles: English
PAL, region free, on stock
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