Film List

 Recommended Films

(Items marked with * are available from Friends of Sabeel UK)

Arna’s Children, Juliano Mer Khamis, 2004, 85 mins. Juliano Mer Khamis’ documentary on his mother, Arna, an activist against the Israeli occupation who founded an alternative education system for Palestinian children.

Budrus, Julia Bacha, 2009, 70 mins. Documentary following a Palestinian leader who unites Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter jumps into the fray.

Dancing in Jaffa, Hilla Medalia, 2013, 90 mins, documentary. Renowned ball-room dancer Pierre Dulaine takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa, to teach Jewish and Palestinian Israelis to dance and compete together. Review

Divine Intervention, Elia Suleiman, 2002, 92 mins. Romantic comedy drama: separated by a checkpoint, Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah arrange clandestine meetings.

Fatenah, Ahmad Habash, 2009, 30 mins. Animation about a Palestinian woman from Gaza seeking medical care.

* Five Broken Cameras, Emad Burnat, 2011, 94 mins. A documentary on a Palestinian farmer’s chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.

Jaffa: The Orange’s Clockwork, Eyal Sivan, 2009. 88mins, Film narrating the visual history of the famous citrus fruit originated from Palestine and known worldwide for centuries as “Jaffa oranges”. The history of the orange is the history of this land.

Jenin, Jenin, Mohammed Bakri, 2003, 54 mins.

Jeremy Hardy vs the Israeli Army, Leila Sansour, 2003, 75 mins. Documentary following the International Solidarity Movement and their activities in Palestine.

Jerusalem: The East Side Story, Mohammed Alatar, 2008, 57 mins. Visual and oral history of Jerusalem and Jerusalemites.

Lemon Tree, Eran Riklis, 2008, 106 mins. Drama: the story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemon tree field when a new Israeli Defence Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Little Town of Bethlehem, Mart Green, 2010, 75 mins. Documentary film following the story of three men of three different faiths and their lives in Israel and Palestine. The story explores each man’s choice of nonviolent action amidst a culture of overwhelming violence.

Miral, Julian Schnabel, 2010, 112 mins. Drama centred on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict.

Occupation 101, Abdallah Omeish, Sufyan Omeish, 2006, 90 mins. Documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. political involvement.

Omar, Hany Abu-Assad, 2013, 96 mins. Drama, thriller: a young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he’s tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier’s killing.

Open Bethlehem, Leila Sansour, 2014, 90 mins. ‘Shot over five years the film captures the city of Bethlehem as it has never been seen before. This is an emotional journey of one woman’s fight for her hometown.’

Palestine is Still the Issue, John Pilger, 2003, 53 mins. Documentary about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Paradise Now, Hany Abu-Assad, 2005, 90 mins. Drama, thriller: two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

Private, Saverio Costanzo, 2004, 90 mins. Drama: a Palestinian family is trapped inside a house commandeered by Israeli soldiers.

Salt of the Sea, Annamarie Jacir, Abdallah Omerish Sufyan, 2008, 109 mins. A romantic drama about a working-class woman and her experiences travelling back home.

Slingshot Hip Hop, Jackie Reem Salloum, 2008, 80 mins. Slingshot Hip Hop braids together the stories of young Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank and inside Israel as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty.

The Iron Wall, Mohammed Alatar, 2006, 52 mins. Documentary film about the establishment of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The Promise, Peter Kosminsky, 2010, Channel 4 TV series. Drama about a young British girl who travels to Israel/Palestine, retracing the steps of her grandfather – a British soldier stationed there in the 1940s.

The Stones Cry Out, Yasmine Perni, 2013, 58 mins. The story of the Palestinian Christians.

* With God on Our Side, Porter Speakman Jr, 2010, 82 mins. A look at the theology of Christian Zionism.


Updated October 2015