2018 Film Festival

This was our fourth festival, in which we extended our programme, thanks to collaborations with new partners, Films at Heart and Screen Seven. These enabled us to show more films than ever. Our range of films attracted new audiences, from embroiders, footballers, people interested in the history of Palestine and people who like a darn good film! We had some fascinated Q&A sessions after many of our films and we also had our first ‘Women in Focus’ series – with films by or about exceptional women. Special thanks to Leeds Inspired for helping with this series.  If you missed our films, this trailer gives you a flavour of the festival.

Posted by Leeds Palestinian Film Festival on Saturday, 26 October 2019


Some highlights:

Free screening at the Carriageworks Newly released, ‘Naila and the Uprising’, a truly inspiring film unveiling the hidden role of women during the first intifada.
‘Wajib’ an immersive road movie of sorts and family drama by award-winning Palestinian Director, Annemarie Jacir.
‘Disturbing the Peace’ a brave peace initiative by Israeli and Palestinian fighters who turn against violence.
‘Roadmap to Apartheid’ a fascinating look at the apartheid analogy often used about Israel.

  • Thursday 8th November, 2018

    The Reports of Sarah and Saleem
    Time: 3:30 pm
    Venue: Vue Leeds, No. 22, The Light, The Headrow, LS1 8TL
    Sarah, an Israeli, runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem is Palestinian from East Jerusalem and works as a deliveryman. Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they embark on an illicit affair that could tear apart their unsuspecting respective families. →More
  • Saturday 10th November, 2018

    The Reports on Sarah and Saleem
    Time: 10:30 am
    Venue: Vue Leeds, No. 22, The Light, The Headrow, LS1 8TL
  • Sunday 11th November, 2018

    The Reports of Sarah and Saleem
    Time: 3:30 pm
    Venue: Vue Leeds, No. 22, The Light, The Headrow, LS1 8TL
  • Thursday 15th November, 2018

    Firefighters under Occupation
    Time: 7:45 pm
    Venue: Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley, LS21 3AN
    Firefighters under Occupation gives a unique insight into the life of firefighters in the world’s longest running military occupation. →More
  • Tuesday 20th November, 2018

    Time: 6:30 pm
    Venue: Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Rd, Leeds LS6 1JD
    A father and his estranged son must come together to hand deliver his daughter’s wedding invitations to each guest as per local Palestinian custom →More
  • Thursday 22nd November, 2018

    1948: Creation & Catastrophe
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Venue: Business School Western Lecture Theatre, 128, Belle Vue Road, LS3 1HF
    Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Palestinians and Israelis, this film tells the story of the establishment of Israel as seen through the eyes of the people who lived it. →More
  • Saturday 24th November, 2018

    Road Map to Apartheid
    Time: 5:00 pm
    Venue: Carriageworks, Leeds Millennium Square, LS2 3AD
    ‘Roadmap to Apartheid’ is as much a historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa – as it is a film about why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today →More
  • Monday 26th November, 2018

    Stitching Palestine
    Time: 8:00 pm
    Venue: Seven Artspace, 31A Harrogate Rd, LS7 3PD
    Palestinian women from different walks of life share their moving life stories, all connected by the enduring thread of the ancient art of embroidery. →More
  • Sunday 2nd December, 2018

    Killing Gaza
    Time: 5:30 pm
    Venue: Pyramid Theatre, Leeds University Union, 2 Lifton Place, LS2 9JZ
    Killing Gaza chronicles the crushing toll of Israel’s 2014 war on Gaza giving an unflinching and moving portrait of a people largely abandoned by the outside world. →More
  • Tuesday 4th December, 2018

    Around the Wall plus Shireen of al-Walaja
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Venue: Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf St, LS2 7EQ
    The latest visit of a UK women’s football team – including Leeds Republica FC players – to the West Bank.   They talk to Palestinian women about the obstacles they face to play football and bring us up to date news of life and the discrimination faced under occupation. →More
  • Saturday 8th December, 2018

    Naila and the Uprising
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Venue: Carriageworks, Leeds Millennium Square, LS2 3AD
    Women are at the forefront when an uprising breaks out in 1987. Naila, an iron-willed young Palestinian woman in Gaza, promotes non-violent struggle and must make a choice between love, family and freedom. →More
  • Tuesday 11th December, 2018

    Disturbing the Peace
    Time: 8:00 pm
    Venue: Heart, Bennett Road, LS6 3HN
    ‘Disturbing the Peace’ follows former enemy combatants – Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison – who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say “enough”.  →More


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