Middle East: What Can Cinema Do? presented 50 films for a viewing-packed week. Documentaries were in the majority, proving that the political and economic woes of the region have not stifled the filmmakers, but rather encouraged them to speak up. Half the films were features; ten shorts and the rest were mid-length works.

Works by these Middle Eastern film directors were complemented by a certain number of films by European and American directors, notably from Switzerland, Spain, France, the USA and Mexico. All the films presented at the event, in alphabetical order, are available below for you to discover.

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Screening date : 24-11-2007 -- 13h30
Football in Israel: Bnei Sakhnin, the Champions of the Union

18th May 2004. The Israel soccer cup is won by the team of Sakhnin, a little town in Galilee with an Arab majority. It is an unprecedented victory, the significance of which reaches far beyond sport. First, because this is the first time an Arab town is a champion in Israel.

Screening date : 24-11-2007 -- 17h45

Forgiveness tells the story of David Adler, a twenty-year old American-Israeli who decides to move back to Israel, only to find himself committed to a mental institution that sits on the ruins of a Palestinian village called Deir Yassin.

Screening date : 24-11-2007 -- 21h00
Fragments d’histoire palestinienne (Palestine in Fragments)
These "fragments" are short documentaries, distributed in three series in progress :

Palestinian Sketches
Brief visual descriptions intended to capture a first or strong impression related to a place: a  walled landscape, a street, a room, a checkpoint, a settlement…

Screening date : 21-11-2007 -- 15h30
Freedom Theatre
The activities of the Freedom Theatre allow the children and adolescents in the Jenin refugee camp to express themselves, especially concerning their closed-in existence imposed on them by the Israeli military.

This short film by Juliano Mer Khamis, the artistic director of the theatre itself, is reminiscent of the theatre his mother, Arna, created at the onset of the first Intifada, which the Israeli Army destroyed in 2002. The young girls speak up first and then the boys.

Screening date : 22-11-2007 -- 20h30
Gaza, Another Kind of Tears

Small and large cement hunks, attached wires, bored soldiers detaining people, keeping them standing for hours, all day long, bothering them with endless questions. Hussein is a young man who arrives early in the morning carrying his victuals waiting for any soldier to release him for the crossing… to the settlement… 

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