London Palestine Film Festival 2019

Creating a stimulating platform that brings together filmmakers, scholars and the public in order to encourage crucial dialogue regarding Palestine’s film industry, its culture and its politics.

What Walaa Wants at the London Palestine Film Festival 2019

What Walaa Wants

Screening followed by Q&A dir. Christy Garland | 2018 | 90mins


Born and raised in the West Bank's Balata refugee camp, Walaa has her mind set on becoming one of the few women on the Palestinian Security Forces. This is a choice that puts her at odds with her family, particularly while her mother is still serving her sentence in an Israeli prison.

Canadian documentary filmmaker Christy Garland offers rare insight into the female choices, roles and spaces in the Palestine security systems.

Shot over five years, this coming-of-age story sees Walaa shape out of her troubled teens and into a more determined and focused adulthood, negotiating the contradictions she is faced with and the negative predictions of her surroundings.

Monday 18 November 6.30pm | Curzon Soho.

Gaza at the London Palestine Film Festival 2019


Screening followed by Q&A with director Andrew McConnell dirs. Gary Keane, Andrew McConnell | 2019 | 90mins


For many, it is hard to imagine what life is like in the Gaza Strip. Frequently labeled as the world’s largest open-air prison, it makes an appearance on news reports whenever a confrontation erupts between Israel and Hamas.

On TV sets thousands of miles away, this tiny piece of land has been reduced to an image of violence, chaos and destruction.

Gaza looks at life beyond this, on the banality of the everyday, the intimacy of family and the landscapes beyond the headlines.

With stunning photography and high grade colour, this feature length observational documentary depicts a people plagued by conflict but not defined by it.

Through the people we follow, we hear personal stories and gain a nuanced understanding of what life is like for Gaza's citizens. Gaza is tender portrait of a beleaguered humanity.

Sunday 24 November 2:30pm | Curzon Soho.

All This Victory at the London Palestine Film Festical

All This Victory

UK Premiere dir. Ahmad Ghossein | 2019 | 93mins


The London Palestine Film Festival is proud to present the UK Premiere of All This Victory after an award-winning debut at the 2019 Venice Film Festival.

In July 2006 in Southern Lebanon, a group of five people were unable to leave a house while the war between Hezbollah and Israel continued. On this premise, video artist and filmmaker Ahmad Ghossein based his first feature narrative.

In this reality-based fiction, Marwan takes advantage of a ceasefire to head down in search of his father who has refused to leave his village, only to find himself stuck with an odd ensemble of elders with too much experience in this kind of setting. But tensions rise inside and outside of the house as Israeli soldiers occupy the floor above them. Questions start to mount and the greater picture becomes more and more opaque.

Wry, dark humour merges with anxiety in this docudrama lead by the immersive score by multi-instrumental composer, Khyam Allami.

Monday 25 November 6.30pm | Curzon Soho

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The Judge at the London Palestine Film Festival 2019

The Judge

dir Erika Cohn | 2017 | 81mins


When she was a young lawyer, Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the office of Palestine's Chief Justice and announced she wanted to join the bench. He laughed at her. But a few years later, Kholoud became the first woman judge in the Sharia courts. There, she not only excels as a judge, but also puts her efforts into filling the void that women face in the court system and then moves on to daringly reinterpret Shari'a law in a way that is more justified for women.

Kholoud is a brave and lucid judge whose journey is tireless and illuminating, but also unjust and suppressed. The Judge offers a rare insight into Shari'a law through the eyes of an empowered female lawyer who fights for justice for the women of her community, with the ability to cause ripples for women of the Muslim world at large.

Tuesday 26 November 6:30pm | Curzon Soho.

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