Reel Palestine, the UAE’s premiere film festival dedicated to Palestinian film, is back for its fourth edition, kicking off from January 19 to 27. The weeklong festival will be screening independent Palestinian films in venues across three emirates: Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, the Sharjah Art Foundation in Sharjah, and Warehouse 421 and Manarat Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi, for the first time.
The pop-up festival, which debuted in 2015, is held in collaboration with independent movie theater Cinema Akil in an effort to present Palestinian culture and heritage in an authentic and raw way through a handpicked selection of films.
Below, the list of must-see Palestinian films being screened during Reel Palestine 2018. Popcorn at the ready.
Friday, January 19 at The Yard, Alserkal Avenue
Saturday, January 27 at the Sharjah Art Foundation
Winner of Best Muhr Fiction Feature at the Dubai International Film Festival, Wajib is a heartwarming story of the reconciliation of a troubled father-son relationship.
1948: Creation & Catastrophe
Sunday, January 21 at The Yard, Alserkal Avenue
A rousing documentary that includes interviews with veterans, refugees, survivors, and historians of the war, collected in Palestine.
You Reap What You Sow
Monday, January 22 at The Yard, Alserkal Avenue
Palestinian director Alaa Ashkar set out to create a documentary about the collective memory of Palestinians in Israel.
Fire at Sea
Tuesday, January 23 at Manarat Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
Directed by Gianfranco Rosi, this deeply moving portrait of the refugee crisis won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival last year.
Saturday, January 20 at the Sharjah Art Foundation
Friday, January 26 at The Yard, Alserkal Avenue
The winner of the Glasshütte Original Documentary Award at the Berlinale, Ghost Hunting by Raed Andoni is a documentary in which Palestinian men reenact the circumstances of their trauma in a detainment camp.
Wednesday, January 24 at Warehouse 421, Abu Dhabi
Thursday, January 25 at The Yard, Alserkal Avenue
In this documentary directed by Carol Mansour, 12 Palestinian women living in Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine share stories of their exile and lives, with the stitching of a piece of embroidery progressing as they tell their stories, linking one to another.