Bristol Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) is pleased to announce that Palestinian film will be returning to the South West for the ninth year, on 3-8 December.

Programme highlights include Elia Suleiman’s film It Must Be Heaven, about a man who moves to Paris only to find that Palestine is still following himOscar nominated Gaza, a beautifully shot documentary about the real people of Gazaand Soufra, a wildly inspirational story about a woman called Mariam who starts a food truck company.

The festival has grown this year to include four new venues, adding screenings in Bath, Bradford-on-Avon, and at St George’s Bristol, in addition to the already established venues in Bristol and Clevedon.

Thanks to Zenobia for giving us permission to use their wonderful music
Music: “Tawahan” by Zenobia
From Zenobia’s debut EP (out on Crammed Discs).

Programme

Tuesday 3rd December, 2019

The Man Who Stole Banksy

The Man Who Stole Banksy

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Palestine Museum, BS1 2HG

In 2007 Banksy slips into Palestine to paint on walls. What follows is a story of clashing cultures, art, identity, theft and the black market.

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Wednesday 4th December, 2019

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: St Margaret’s Hall, Bradford-upon-Avon

Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they embark on an illicit affair that could tear apart their unsuspecting respective families.

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Wednesday 4th December, 2019

The Time That Remains

The Time That Remains

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Palestine Museum, BS1 2HG

An intimate semi-biographical portrait of Palestinians living as a minority in their own homeland between 1948 and the present day, from the acclaimed director of Divine Intervention.

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Wednesday 4th December, 2019

Gaza Surf Club

Gaza Surf Club

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: The Windmill Film Club, BS3 4LU

Tired of the restrictions of living under occupation and the conservative Hamas government, a group of young men and women find their freedom in the waves of the Mediterranean – they are the surfers of Gaza.

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Wednesday 4th December, 2019

Wajib

Wajib

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: The Lazy Dog, BS7 9JR

Shadi returns to Nazareth for his sister’s wedding and despite a strained relationship, agrees to help his father hand-deliver the invitations to each guest, as per local Palestinian custom.

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Thursday 5th December, 2019

Cinema of the Palestine Revolution + Q&A

Cinema of the Palestine Revolution + Q&A

Time: 3:50 pm

Location: Watershed, BS1 5TX

Screening of four lost films from the Palestine Film Unit, made in the revolutionary 60s and 70s and now restored to pristine condition. Don’t miss this memorable event.

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Thursday 5th December, 2019

In Vitro

In Vitro

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Watershed, BS1 5TX

Stunningly shot in atmospheric black and white, this otherworldly rumination on memory, history, place and identity premiered at the Venice Biennale in 2019.

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Thursday 5th December, 2019

Gaza + Q&A

Gaza + Q&A

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Curzon Clevedon, BS21 6NN

In this beautifully shot documentary about everyday life in the ‘open prison’ of Gaza, the headlines are stripped back and the political brinkmanship side-lined, to make way for individual human stories, and the struggle for a meaningful life.

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Friday 6th December, 2019

Screwdriver

Screwdriver

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Watershed, BS1 5TX

After spending more than a decade in prison for a failed attack on an Israeli settler, Ziad struggles to readjust to life in Ramallah.

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Friday 6th December, 2019

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they embark on an illicit affair that could tear apart their unsuspecting respective families.

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Friday 6th December, 2019

Gaza + Q&A

Gaza + Q&A

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: The Cube, BS2 8NQ

In this beautifully shot documentary about everyday life in the ‘open prison’ of Gaza, the headlines are stripped back and the political brinkmanship side-lined to make way for individual human stories, and the struggle for a meaningful life.

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Saturday 7th December, 2019

Palestinian Shorts

Palestinian Shorts

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: Palestine Museum, BS1 2HG

Bringing together a collection of some of the best short films to emerge from Palestine and about Palestinians this year, including drama, documentary and animation.

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Saturday 7th December, 2019

The Apollo of Gaza

The Apollo of Gaza

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Watershed, BS1 5TX

A 2000-year old statue of Apollo is found near Gaza, only to disappear all of a sudden. This documentary film is full of mystery and unexpected plot twists.

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Saturday 7th December, 2019

Soufra

Soufra

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: St George's Bristol

An inspirational story about social entrepreneur Mariam Shaar and her fellow refugee women who set out to change their fate by launching a catering company.

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Saturday 7th December, 2019

Ghost Hunting

Ghost Hunting

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: The Cube, BS2 8NQ

In order to confront the ghosts that haunt him, Palestinian director Raed Andoni assembles a group of ex-prisoners to build a replica of Israel’s main interrogation centre, where he was once jailed, and re-enact its stories.

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Sunday 8th December, 2019

The Tower

The Tower

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Watershed, BS1 5TX

This delightful film uses stop-frame and 2D animation to tell the story of Wardi, a young girl living in a Palestinian refugee camp, who learns about her family's history through three previous generations of refugees.

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Sunday 8th December, 2019

It Must Be Heaven

It Must Be Heaven

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Watershed, BS1 5TX

Elia Suleiman brings deadpan humour to this Cannes award-winning film, as he travels to different cities and finds unexpected parallels to his homeland.

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Sunday 8th December, 2019

Hurdle

Hurdle

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: The Cube, BS2 8NQ

In the shadow of a wall stands a new generation of Palestinians. With defiant creativity – and a passion for parkour – they prove that no matter the height of the obstacle, one can always climb.

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