2017 Film Festival

Events from the 2017 Film Festival

The Occupation of the American Mind

The Occupation of the American Mind

The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, focusing on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. Narrated by Roger Waters, lead singer of rock band Pink Floyd.

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The Time that Remains

The Time that Remains

‘The Time That Remains’ is a semi-biographical drama written and directed by Palestinian director Elia Suleiman in 2009. It gives an account of the creation of the Israeli state from 1948 to the present by following strands of his and his father’s lives.

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Balls, Barriers & Bulldozers – film & talk

Balls, Barriers & Bulldozers – film & talk

Balls, Barriers & Bulldozers is a documentary film about a women’s football tour to the West Bank in 2014. The tour aimed to build solidarity with women footballers in Palestine and for the UK teams (including Leeds based Republica women’s team) to learn about life under occupation.

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Film Maker as Activist – an afternoon of short films and discussion with Jon Pullman

Film Maker as Activist – an afternoon of short films and discussion with Jon Pullman

In a period of such catastrophic human displacement in the Middle East, few people realise that the largest single refugee population in the world remains that of the Palestinians, ejected from their lands in 1948. This film shows how these long-term dispossessed and stateless people a largely forgotten reality.  

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Existence is Resistance

Join us for an evening of film and conversation on the theme of ‘Sumud’ – literally ‘steadfastness’ – with three short films and a photographic exhibition of Sumud posters from the Separation Wall in Bethlehem.

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Gaza Surf Club

Gaza Surf Club

Book Tickets Book online via the Leeds International Film Festival  website Gaza Surf Club is being shown in collaboration with Leeds International Film Festival. We are pleased to be opening our Festival this year with this film. The event takes place at Leeds Town Hall in the Albert Room. Also showing on Monday 13 November.   This dazzling and heartfelt documentary takes us into the world of the Gaza Strip’s surfing enthusiasts, and reveals a formidable resilience pulsing within a beleaguered population. Away from the rubble left by a decade of airstrikes, the outlet of surfing provides young Palestinians with a new concept of freedom as they navigate the territory’s 26-mile coastline. In a state where surfing equipment is contraband, one young man dreams of crafting his own boards, while a teen girl resists strict cultural principles to follow her sporting passion. Shot in breathtaking widescreen, this inspiring film reveals a new generation’s determination to transcend political tragedy Dir. Philip Gnadt, Mickey Yamine, 87 mins, 2016,...

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