Movie Night in support of MAP

Help support Palestinian health and dignity and organise a movie night. Invite family and friends and screen a documentary or film picturing the struggles that many Palestinians face living under occupation or as refugees. Sell refreshments and charge an entrance fee on the evening with the proceeds being donated to MAP. For inspiration have a look at the film below.

Ambulance- A feature documentary by Mohamed Jabaly

A raw, first-person account of the last war in Gaza in the summer of 2014. Mohamed Jabaly, a young man from Gaza City, joins an ambulance crew as war approaches, looking for his place in a country under siege, where at times there seems to be no foreseeable future. While thousands of things are published on the recurring violence in Gaza, the stories behind them remain hidden. Not this one.

Five Broken Cameras

A documentary on a Palestinian farmer’s chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army. When his fourth son, Gibreel, is born in 2005, self-taught cameraman Emad Burnat, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. At the same time in his village of Bil’in, the Israelis begin bulldozing village olive groves to build a barrier to separate Bil'in from the Jewish Settlement Modi'in Illit. During the next year, Burnat films this struggle, which is led by two of his best friends including his brother Iyad, while at the same time recording the growth of his son.

The Wanted 18

The Wanted 18 is a 2014 Canadian-Palestinian animation documentary about the efforts of Palestinians in Beit Sahour to start a small local dairy industry during the First Intifada, hiding a herd of 18 dairy cows from Israeli security forces when the dairy collective was deemed a threat to Israel's national security. The film combines documentary interviews with those involved in the events, archival footage, drawings, black-and-white stop-motion animation as well as re-enactments.

Open Bethlehem

Film director Leila Sansour returns to Bethlehem to make a film about her home town, soon to be encircled by a wall. Armed with her camera and a dilapidated family car that keeps breaking down, Leila plans to make an epic film about a legendary town in crisis but just a few months into filming her life and the film takes an unexpected turn when cousin Carol, Leila’s last relative in town, persuades her to stay to start a campaign to save the city. Leila’s plan to stay a year stretches to seven and is only resolved when she realizes that, sometimes, the biggest dreams take flight from the smallest places. The film draws from 700 hours of original footage and some rare archive material.

Lemon Tree

Based on a real-life incident, Palestinian widow Salma Zidane must defend her lemontree field in the West Bank when Israeli Defense Minister Navon moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down. Refusing to bow down, she engages lawyer Ziad Daud to take her case to the Supreme Court, which brings international attention.

The Gatekeepers

A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets. The film combines in-depth interviews, archival footage, and computer animation to recount the role that the group played in Israel’s security from the Six-Day-War to the present.

Oceans of Injustice

Over the past century, the Palestinians have suffered oceans of injustice at the hands of an ideology whose ultimate objective includes ridding the Palestinians from their homeland. This short 10 minute film will take you on a journey to demonstrate the current state of Occupied Palestine.

Men in the Sun

Men in the Sun is adapted from Ghassan Kanafani’s novel of the same name and details the hardship and struggle of three Palestine men; Abu Qais, Assad and Marwan, all of whom are on a quest for a better life. Their individual struggles represent the harsh realities of the lives of many Palestinian people forced into exile. Men in the Sun was the result of Kanafani’s own experience when he “... had to remain hidden at home for more than a month because of his lack of official papers". As a refugee himself, Kanafani was able to demonstrate to us the pain and suffering of the three protagonists whose journey to freedom became their journey to death.

This list of films can be used by individuals interested in Palestinian issues. MAP does not endorse any of the featured films listed above nor do they represent MAP's position.