Boston Palestine Film Festival

All HLS Screenings Held in Austin North

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Sumoud (Steadfastness)

by Jillian Kestler D’Amours

2011 | Documentary Short | 27 min.

What would it be like to have your own government destroy your home village 30 times in one year? This film explores that question through the story of the Bedouin village of al-Araqib, located in Israel’s Naqab (Negev) desert, which is home to 300 Israeli citizens who happen to be Bedouin.

US Premiere

Palestine in the South (Palestina al Sur)

by Ana Maria Hurtado

2011 | Documentary | 52 min

Palestinians from Iraq who became refugees during the Iraq War are welcomed by the small town of La Calera, Chile, where hundreds of Palestinian emigres had settled a century ago. In this touching film, Basem, a Palestinian baker and his wife and young daughter, adapt to their new country with ingenuity and hope.

US Premiere

8:00 pm

Enemy Alien

by Konrad Aderer

2011 | Documentary | 81 min.

Enemy Alien, a first-person documentary, offers a gripping inside view of the fight to free Farouk Abdel-Muhti, a Palestinian-born human rights activist detained in a post-9/11 sweep of Muslim immigrants. Through the eyes of the young filmmaker, whose Japanese-American grandparents were interned during World War II, this documentary takes on unprecedented immediacy and historical consequence. Enemy Alien breaks new ground in the ongoing public conversation about the human rights of immigrants and refugees in the US.

Boston Premiere


Wednesday, October 10


Roadmap to Apartheid

by Ana Noguiera and Eron Davidson

2011 | Documentary | 95 min.

In this tour de force, awardwinning documentary, two first-time directors, a white South African and a Jewish Israeli, use their own experiences to examine the apartheid analogy commonly used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Narrated by Alice Walker (The Color Purple), Roadmap to Apartheid is as much a historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa, as it is a film about why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today, and why an increasing number of people worldwide are beginning to agree with them.

The film compares the many similar laws and tools used by both Israel and apartheid-era South Africa, and also points out where the analogy is less applicable. The audience will see what life is like for Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and inside Israel while gaining a deeper understanding of the conflict with the help of respected analysts. Combined with archival material and anecdotes from South Africans, the film forms a complete picture as to why the analogy is being used with increasing frequency and potency.

Best Documentary, The Garden State Film Festival
Best Editing, The Milan International Film Festival
The Silver Lei Award, The Honolulu Film Awards
Excellence in Documentary Film, The Indie Fest

Q&A with Dr. Amahl Bishara follows film.



Thursday, October 11, 2012


Confronting House Demolitions & Other Legal Challenges

Thurs, Oct. 11 @ 12pm
Wasserstein 3019

Jeff Halper is the co-founder and director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). He’ll address the current political reality in Israel-Palestine and the range of legal issues raised by house demolitions and occupation.