Bristol Palestine Film Festival

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For the sixth year, the Bristol Palestine Film Festival is bringing the best in thought-provoking cinema from the Middle East to the city.

This year Festival Director David Owen has come up with a great programme that includes black comedy, documentaries about the first all-female motor racing team in the area and what it’s like to be a gay Arab living in Israel.

Starting on December 9, the festival will involve venues across Bristol including The Watershed, Baggator (Easton’s Pickle Factory) and Stokes Croft’s Art House Cafe.

The first event will be Love, Theft and Other Entanglements. This comedy/thriller sees a dim-witted car thief steals something with a major surprise hiding in the boot.

Another film which will be screened is 3,000 Nights. It’s based on the true story of a schoolteacher wrongly accused of terrorism who gives birth behind bars.

Compelling documentaries

As well as movies, there will be plenty of documentaries to take in.

Oriented follows three gay Palestinian friends as they live their lives in Tel Aviv.

Speed Sisters is the story of five young women whose determination to live life at full throttle challenges established norms

Returning by popular demand is the moving Bethlehem: Hidden From View. While congregations across the west sing carols about the ‘little town’ of Christs birth, the town itself is being cut off from the world.

This compelling piece of film-making looks at the impact the blockade is having on the local Christian community.

Hind Shoufani will be at the festival in person to talk about her piece of work Trip Along Exodus. This is an examination of Palestinian politics over the past 70 years.

And if that wasn’t enough, the Watershed cafe have adjusted their menu to include Palestinian foods during the Festival.

That means hungry customers can choose from zaatar flatbreads, hummus, baba ganush, sfiha (spiced lamb-stuffed flatbread) and falafel with chilli sauce.

See the festival’s website for full programme and timing details.

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