Palestinian Film Festival at Cinema Paradiso this weekend

300 Nights opens the Palestinian Film festival in Perth.
300 Nights opens the Palestinian Film festival in Perth.

FROM humble beginnings in Sydney to having to cull content from the schedule, the Palestinian Film Festival has come a long way, according to festival director Naser Shakhtour.

Now in its seventh year, the film festival will see its third consecutive year in Perth from December 2-4, boasting four films, four documentaries and nine short films.

Shakhtour said when he founded the festival seven years ago, he thought it would be a one-off.

“It was a humble beginning with two weekends in Sydney and it was touch and go,” he said.

“The festival finished and it was great and people said we should do it every year, but in my mind it was a one-off.

“I did worry about having enough content each year, but now we have to cull because there is too much content.”

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He said Palestinian culture was multi-dimensional and film helped people understand the conflict and contribute to peace.

Opening the Perth leg of the festival, 3000 Nights is inspired by a true story and shot in a former military prison in Jordan, about the plight of political prisoners in Israel through the story of a Palestinian woman who gives birth while in gaol.

It is the feature film debut for director and producer Mai Masri.


What: Palestinian Film Festival

When: December, 2-4

Where: Cinema Paradiso, Northbridge

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