The Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) will be held in a hybrid format this year for its 15th annual presentation.
BPFF 2021 features 26 films, opening with 200 METERS, the directorial feature debut film from Palestinian director Ameen Nayfeh. The closing film is GAZA MON AMOUR, the latest narrative offering by Palestinian brothers Arab and Tarzan Nassar, and will only be available via a one time live screening. The festival will also include a wide selection of feature and short films including AS I WANT by Samaher Alqadi, and the latest narrative short by director Darine Hotait, TALLAHASSEE, which features Palestinian favorites Cherien Dabis, Hala Alyan, and the acting debut of Samia Halaby.
All films with the exception of GAZA MON AMOUR will be available to view online continuously from October 8–17 via www.bostonpalestinefilmfest.org. Geographical viewing restrictions apply. Tickets range from free to $15, and are available through the website. 3 Film Pass and Full Festival Pass options are also available. BPFF 2021 includes the World premiere of ANGEL OF GAZA by Ahmed Mansour, 3 North American premieres, and 6 US premieres.
WIFVNE co-presents AS I WANT
WIFVNE Members receive a discount on tickets
Directed by Samaher AlqadiDocumentary, 88 mins
Language: English, Arabic
Watch the trailer here.
Cairo, January 25, 2013: An explosion of sexual assaults takes place in Tahrir Square on the second anniversary of the revolution. In response, a massive outpouring of enraged women fill the streets. Director Samaher Alqadi picks up her camera as a form of protection and begins documenting the growing women's rebellion, not knowing where the story will lead her.
When Samaher becomes pregnant during filming, she starts to re-examine the constructs of her own childhood in Palestine and what it means to be a woman and a mother in the Middle East. She begins an imaginary conversation with her mother, who died before Samaher could see her one last time. She begins to form the words left unsaid and shares her deepest secrets in an intimate inner voice that guides us through the story. She goes on a traumatic visit back to her parent’s house in Ramallah, where she is confronted with the 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.