AFLAMUNA.online is dedicating the month of November to a compelling selection of films, each a profound testament to the story of Palestine.
In this dedicated program, we shed a brilliant light on the unwavering struggle and indomitable spirit of the Palestinian people, unearthing narratives that resound with their strength and perseverance.
A heartfelt tribute to Palestine, amplifying Palestinian voices, adhering to the rights of Palestinians, honoring Palestinian narratives, and standing against any attempts to falsify its history and any violation of the rights of its people.
One More Jump
Jehad and Abdallah are Palestinian athletes brought up together in the Gaza Strip. In 2005, they founded the Gaza Parkour Team to offer the younger generations an alternative to the war. After managing to escape, today, Abdallah lives in an abandoned house in Italy as a political refugee. He has no job, and he can hardly manage to get by. Jehad is still trapped in the Strip. He takes care of his sick parents and leads the Team by himself in the terrible political situation of Gaza. They haven’t spoken to each other for years: Jehad has never forgiven Abdallah for leaving him behind. Despite his bad shape, in a desperate attempt to achieve his dream, Abdallah decides to participate in an international parkour competition. Jehad realizes he won’t be able to have any future in the Strip, so he decides to apply for a Visa and try to change his destiny. Their choices have torn their friendship apart, yet their destinies mirror one another. Now more than ever, they need to find out if there is a way leading to freedom for someone who, like them, was born in prison.
‘Where is God’, an elderly man desperately wonders when surveying the debris in the Palestinian refugee camp Jenin. Israeli Occupation Forces barged into the camp in March 2002 and committed a massacre against the Palestinians. After a grim battle that lasted for days, a large part of the camp had been razed to the ground, and many civilians had been killed besides a number of soldiers. This film shows the extent to which the prolonged oppression and terror have affected the state of mind of the Palestinian inhabitants of Jenin. Bitterness and grief are the prevailing feelings among the majority of the population. Many have lost loved ones or are still searching for victims and furniture among the debris. A little girl, who does not seem much older than twelve, tells her story but knows no fear. The ongoing violence in her day-to-day life only nourishes her feelings of hatred, she describes what she would do to Occupation Prime Minister Sharon if he visited the camp and shouts that the Palestinians will never give up the struggle. They will continue the fight against the occupation. The sad question forces itself on the spectator; What will become of a country, a people when its children are confronted with war and violence from a very early age?
Gaza Surf Club
Trapped in a concentration camp defined as "the world's largest open-air prison" and ruled by war,a new generation is drawn to the beaches, sick of the occupation and political gridlock, the surfers of Gaza find their own personal freedom in the waves of the Mediterranean.
Like Twenty Impossibles
Occupied Palestine: When a Palestinian film crew averts a closed checkpoint by taking a remote side road, the political landscape unravels, and the passengers are slowly taken apart by the mundane brutality of military occupation. A visual poem and a narrative, “Like Twenty Impossibles” wryly question artistic responsibility and filmmaking's politics while speaking to a people'sfragmentation.
Foragers moves between documentary and fiction to depict the dramas between the Israeli Occupation Nature Protection Authority and Palestinian foragers. With a wry sense of humor, the film captures the inherited love, resilience, and knowledge of these traditions, over an eminently political backdrop.
Twelve Palestinian women sit before us and talk of their life before the Diaspora, of their memories, of their lives, and of their identity. Their narratives are connected by the enduring thread of the ancient art of embroidery. Twelve resilient, determined, and articulate women from disparate walks of life: lawyers, artists, housewives, activists, architects, and politicians stitch together the story of their homeland, of their dispossession, and of their unwavering determination that justice will prevail. Through their stories, the individual weaves into the collective yet remains distinctly personal. Twelve women, twelve life spans, and stories from Palestine, a land whose position was fixed on the map of the world but is now embroidered on its face.