‘Between two Intifadas: Palestine in the New Cinema’ in Beirut

Published May 14th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

The Beirut Theater is hosting a film festival entitled “Between Two Intifadas: Palestine in the New Cinema,” organized by the Palestinian cultural association Al Jana in cooperation with Shams. 

This year, Mai Masri’s latest movie, “Frontiers of Dreams and Fears,” opened the festival on May 9, according to thisiscyberia.com. 

The film follows two young Palestinian girls on their journey to the Lebanese-Israeli border. One comes from the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, the other from the Dheisha camp in Bethlehem. The film was shot during the Israeli retreat and the second Intifada. 

A total of some 30 short and feature films will be screened during the seven-day festival, including Masri’s earlier and most famous work, “Children of Fire,” in which she returns to visit her hometown Nablus after a 14-year absence. 

The many works tackle a variety of subjects, including the judaization of Jerusalem (Behind the Walls), a Palestinian family scattered across the world (Usturah), the relationship between Jaffa and its many exiled children (Jaffa la Miene), and traditional Palestinian beliefs in “Jinn” (The Shadow). 

Some directors will be present to discuss their films with the audience. Most films are in Arabic with English subtitles, or in French – Albawaba.com 

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