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Boston Palestine Film Festival

  • 08 Oct 2021
  • 7:00 PM
  • 17 Oct 2021
  • 7:00 PM
  • hybrid - in person and online

The Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) brings Palestine-related cinema, narratives, and culture to New England audiences.

The festival features compelling and thought-provoking films, including documentaries, features, rare early works, video art pieces, and new films by emerging artists and youth. These works from directors around the world offer refreshingly honest, self-described, and independent views of Palestine and its history, culture, and geographically dispersed society.

Each year, guest filmmakers from various countries and expert commentators add contextual depth to the films. BPFF also offers ancillary cultural programming including concerts by Palestinian musicians and art exhibits by or about Palestinians.

This initiative is an ongoing program of smaller cultural events, talks, and screenings held throughout the year. In this way, the festival seeks to engage local audiences and sustain Palestinian arts and culture in the city throughout the year, in addition to collaborating with other such festivals in the US and worldwide.

The Boston Palestine Film Festival is a program of the Middle East Charitable and Cultural Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.

WIFVNE is co-presenting AS I WANT, which makes its US debut

WIFVNE Members receive a discount on tickets to AS I WANT

Directed By Samaher Alqadi

Cairo, January 25, 2013: An explosion of sexual assault takes place on Tahrir Square on the day of the second anniversary of the revolution. In response, a massive outpouring of enraged women fill the streets and Palestinian director Samaher Alqadi joins them – bringing her camera as protection in the battle and to document the protests of a growing Women’s Rebellion, not knowing where the story will lead her.

Samaher becomes pregnant during filming and this prompts her to consider her childhood in Palestine and what it means to be a woman and a mother. She begins an imaginary conversation with her own mother, who dies before she can see her one last time. Samaher begins to form the words left unsaid and tells us her deepest secrets in an intimate inner dialog that guides us through the narrative. She goes on a traumatic visit back to her parent’s house in Ramallah, where she confronts and recreates dark memories of a childhood she managed to escape. Meanwhile, the struggle in Egypt continues and, even after the birth of her son, Samaher still finds herself on the frontline.

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