The 2022 Palestinian Refugee Film Festival will screen 23 films

The third Palestinian Refugee Film Festival will launch in Bethlehem later this month, screening 23 short films from around the world.

The annual festival runs from September 23-25. It is organized by the Shoruq Organization, an independent organization created in 2012 in the Dheisheh refugee camp, south of Bethlehem.

While the films in the program focus on the plight of refugees in general, the focus is on the issues faced by Palestinian refugees.

This year, the festival will reflect on human rights issues facing Palestinians locally and in the diaspora. It also aims to support the works of Palestinian filmmakers and contribute to their dissemination around the world.

Films screened include fiction, documentary, animation and experimental works. According to Shoruq Organization, more than 400 works have been submitted to the festival this year.

Movies include 11/18 of Medhat Maged, which tells the story of a sleepwalker accused of having killed her husband; before the sky by Ahmed Heydarian, which revolves around a collection of children’s paintings on the wall of a house that a new owner removes; federate by Tianlin Xu, who tells the story of an Iranian-Afghan family by showing only his hands; Effective by Akram Ameen, on the struggle of a Palestinian in a solitary confinement cell in an Israeli prison; Hydrangeas in winter by Hélène Rastegar, who explores the relationship between an Iranian refugee in France and an elderly sculptor who is gradually losing her sight; and Khoonab by Mojtaba Ghasemi, about a group of women fleeing a war zone.

Also present at the festival is Don’t get too comfortable by Shaima Al Tamimi, an introspective letter addressed to the late grandfather of the director.

A woman alone by Paribartana Mohanty tells the story of Bhojpuri migrant workers from India to Suriname.

Meanwhile, A midnight robbery by Raghda Karam tells the story of a thief who hides under the bed when the owners of the house return and witness the unexpected, like For you by Mahmoud Hamdan is the true story of the assassination of Sajid Mezher, a Palestinian volunteer paramedic, by Israeli forces.

The date by Mahsa Abdulmuwaffaq tells the story of a woman who, dreading the monotony of her days, strives to find inner peace.

The festival will hold its opening ceremony at President Putin’s Palestinian Organization for Culture and Economy in Bethlehem on Friday.

Updated: September 18, 2022, 12:46 p.m.

Darcy J. Skinner