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NAKBA DAY SPECIAL: PFU
DIRECTED BY
Mustafa Abu Ali, Khadijah Habashneh Abu Ali,
Palestine | PG | 83 min | Short, Documentary | Arabic ( English Subtitle )
Venue

Join us in celebrating 50 Years of the Palestine Film Unit (PFU) and commemorating Nakba Day on the 15th of May this Holy month of Ramadan, in collaboration with Reel Palestine film festival.

This special screening will include 4 short films from the PFU by award winning Mustafa Abu Ali who launched the Palestine Cinema Group (PCG) in Ramallah in 2004 and by Khadijah Habashneh Abu Ali, a former founding member of the General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW) and a current board member of the Palestinian Woman Research and Documentation Center (PWRDC).

SCENES FROM UNDER OCCUPATION IN GAZA

Directed by: Mustafa Abu Ali
1973 | Palestine | PG | Short, Documentary | Arabic(Eng. sub) | 11 min
The film “Scenes from Occupation in Gaza” is a documentary that presents some of the Israeli occupation measurements against Palestinians, and a profile of the struggle of Palestinian people in Gaza. The film won the Golden prize in the short film competition of the International Bagdad Festival for Films and TV Programs on Palestine in 1973. It also won the prize of the International Youth Union at the Leipzig International Film Festival in 1973.

THEY DON’T EXIST
Directed by: Mustafa Abu Ali
1974 | Palestine | PG | Short, Documentary | Arabic(Eng. sub) | 24 min
Do Palestinians exist or not? This film is an attempt to prove they do exist. This came as a response to the statements made by both Moshe Dayyan and Golda Maier (both top Israeli leaders), who denied the existence of Palestinians as well as Palestine. In 1974, three quarters of the Nabatiyah Palestinian Refugee Camp (70 Km. south of Beirut, Lebanon) had been demolished by Israeli air raids. Produced by the Palestinian Cinema Institute, the film consists of 9 chapters, trying, in a calm manner, to demonstrate that the Palestinian Refugees bombarded in Nabatiyah were not ghosts, but real people. The film won the Diploma of Honor from the Leipzig Film Festival, Germany, in 1974. The film also won the prize of the Arab Critics Union at the Cartage Film Festival, Tunis, in 1978.

CHILDREN NEVERTHELESS
Directed by: Khadijah Habashneh Abu Ali
1977 | Palestine | PG | Short, Documentary | Arabic(Eng. sub) | 23 min 
Produced by the Palestinian Cinema Institute and  the General Union of Palestinian Women, the film revolves around the life of the orphans of Tall Azaatar Martyrs, in “Bait El- Somoud”, the house which was established for them by the GUPW. Through the lives of these children, the film shows the sufferings that Palestinian children endure, in diaspora camps and under the Israeli occupation. The film focuses on the contradiction between the “International Declaration of Child Rights” and the reality of the living conditions of Palestinian children. 

PALESTINE IN THE EYE
Directed by: Mustafa Abu Ali
1979 | Palestine | PG | Short, Documentary | Arabic(Eng. sub) | 25 min
The late Hani Jawharieh was one of the three founders of the first Palestinian Film Unit, called "Palestine Film" in 1968. This film had been made as a tribute to Hani by his very close colleague, the film director, Mustafa Abu Ali. It shows much of his work as a cameraman, including the last five shots he filmed before his death.