Current Festivals 


First held in 2015, the not-for-profit and volunteer-based organization, Reel Palestine, has grown with 81 screenings, over 12,000 attendees, 5 film festivals to date, and 2 international curated pop-ups held in various arts and cultural spaces within the UAE and internationally. 

Dedicated to depict the past and the present-day reality, Reel Palestine is an annual film festival which brings the Palestinian stories in an artistic form of independent and alternative cinema. For the 6th year, Reel Palestine will present a strong lineup of features, documentaries, short films, and experimental films, all in aim to shed light on real stories of the Palestinian people and also highlight the importance of art and culture. 

This platform is ever growing as a result of the labor of love driven by the community for sharing stories and heritage primarily through film. 

Join us from the 17th till the 25th of January in the UAE’s only art house cinema, Cinema Akil, as we share our genuine love and deep passion for storytelling, gather around the annual artisanal market to dive and immerse into unique experiences through crafts and arts, and meet with some of the inspiring film makers who will be joining us in collaborative Q&A sessions to touch on some of the most pressing issues facing the Palestinian people


About Reel Palestine

Reel Palestine is an annual film festival showing a selection of alternative Palestinian films in the United Arab Emirates. The not-for-profit and volunteer-based organization was set up by group of friends in Dubai in 2014 and launched its first pop-up festival in January 2015 with the purpose of showing Palestinian culture and tenacity through film, submerging viewers in the beautiful, difficult, emotional, and inspirational moments that occur under occupation.