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Shashat's 9th Women Festival Launches in Palestine


Published on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:11
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Shashat Women's Film Festival in Palestine launches its 9th edition within the project "Remnants."

The festival will take place from October 20th until December 20th, 2013 in 20 cities and 6 refugee camps, and in collaboration with 7 universities and 22 organizations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in its 100 screenings\discussions of 10 films by young women filmmakers.

There will be two Openings - one in the Gaza Strip at Rashad Shawwa Auditorium on October 24 at 12 noon, and the other at Ramallah Cultural Palace on Sunday October 27th at 6 p.m. The festival bridges geographic and political boundaries through its shared cinematic vision.

On the occasion of the 9th festival there will be a one-day workshop on "Film Sales and Pre-Sales" organized by the "Finance Working Group" of the Euromed Audiovisual III" programme with two international experts.

Also on this occasion there will be the launch of two books Eye on Palestinian Women's Cinema, which provides an overview on the theory and methodology of women's cinema in Palestine through focusing on Shashat's work over the last eight years as a case study. The second, is Palestinian women filmmakers – Conditions of Production and Strategies of Representation, which contains critical articles and filmmorgraphies\biographies of 73 Palestinian women filmmakers.

Also, it will be announced that Shashat's specialized film library of over 2000 film classics and contemporary films as well as books on cinema in Arabic and English will be re-opened to membership.

Shashat's 9th Women's Film Festival is part of the "Remnants" project which received major funding from the European Union, with additional funding from Heinrich Boll Foundation, TVIBIT and the French Consulate General of Jerusalem.

"Remnants" is a film project consisting of 10 films by young women filmmakers and one hundred screenings\discussions of these films in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and three satellite TV programs. Shashat produced seven new films, 3 from the West Bank and 4 from Gaza on cultural, social and environmental remnants which are hold-overs and left-overs which contaminate and slowly poison our social, cultural and environmental landscape.

The young women filmmakers focus on what they wish the society to reject – stereotyping of women, gossip which restricts the options of women, visual and verbal harassment which rapes women, marginalization of elderly women and also of handicapped women which deny them a full life, the destruction of youth's potential through unemployment, and the catastrophe of the pollution of the sea of Gaza and the mountains of Hebron.

"Remnants" puts the spotlight on what we all reject and want to discard.

Alia Arasoughly, Director General of Shashat, said: "This edition of Shashat's Women's Film Festival is a cry by young women filmmakers of NO!.enough to destroying ourselves...enough to hiding our head in the sand. They are forcing us see and hear what burden we are bequeathing the younger generation."

"Remnants" continues Shashat's mission of developing the production skills of young women filmmakers by partnering them with professional filmmakers who acted as mentors to them in this project.

Zeina Ramadan's HUSH! (fiction) exposes how gossip restricts girl's options, and how it sets standards for the 'perfect girl," who is measured by marriage, children and silence, anything else will lead to scandal.

Alaa Desoki and Areej Abu Eid, in a mixed genre animation & live style recount sarcastically part of the dictionary of sexual verbal abuse women are subjected to in Manshar Ghaseelo regardless of how they are dressed.

Muna Mtair's Choose Carefully, Mother (fiction) is on how young men can marry according to their wishes and criteria whenever and whoever they want regardless if they are ready to take on that responsibility or not.

Fadya Salah Al-Deen My children...my love...(documentary) shows how Rudaina Abu Jarad faced a lot of objection from her family and community when she decided to have a child, claiming that she doesn't have the right to become pregnant because of her condition.

Reham Al Ghazali in N.G|KOOZ (fiction) exposes how unemployment eats up youth's potential and initiative and leads her main character to have a strange relationship with paper - his resume and university degree.

Fidaa Nasr's Countryside in Black is a lament for the countryside of Dura as scrap is burnt in order to extract the metal resulting in environmental pollution which causes illnesses in the inhabitants as well as those that cause it.

Rana Mattar asks in It looks pretty...but how the magically beautiful Gaza sea has become an unsafe sanctuary, how this source of livelihood, love, happiness, joy and hope has been made a dump for garbage and sewage.

In the three additional documentary films, Omaima Hamouri questions her equal right to love like her brother in The Sister and her Brother, while Laialy Kilani, Anna Persson, Dara Khader, Ina Holmqvist, wonder in The Decision about the right of girls to continue their study abroad like boys, and Swedish-Iranian Ahang Bashi tells in Paradise of her 88-year old grandmother's life in a home for the elderly in Sweden.

These ten films will tour 20 cities and 6 refugee camps in their 100 screenings\discussions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in collaboration with 7 universities and 22 organizations, thus fulfilling Shashat's objective of bringing cinema to all communities in Palestine and using films as a tool for social change.

The project also includes the production of 3 satellite programs which include the film, excerpts from the university discussions, as well as interviews on the street and with experts on the issues discussed in the films in order to make them available to the wider general public.

Filmmaker and Shashat Board President Ghada Terawi expressed the importance of this edition of Shashat's 9th Women's Film Festival, "This is a success not only for women's cinema but for the whole filmmaking community in Palestine, for it is the longest running film festival in Palestine and the longest running women's film festival in the Arab World."

Shashat is a cinema NGO in Palestine formally registered with the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Culture, whose focus is on women's cinema and the social and cultural implications of women's representations. Shashat also aims at building the capacity of the Palestinian filmmaking sector, especially women filmmakers.

Shashat, which means "screens" in Arabic, was founded in 2005 in order to provide sustainability and continuity to these objectives. Shashat received the Palestinian Ministry of Culture "Award for Excellence in Cinema" in 2010.


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