The Chicago Palestine Film Festival

  The Chicago Palestine Film Festival The Chicago Palestine Film Festival (CPFF) began in 2001 with a mission to promote films by Palestinian filmmakers and films about Palestine. It is the first and largest Palestinian film festival in North America. The Chicago Palestine Film Festival is an independent, not-for-profit, non-sectarian project based in Chicago that exhibits and promotes films by Palestinian directors and films about Palestine. CPFF is dedicated to presenting a film festival that is open, critical, and reflective of the culture, experience and vision of the filmmakers.
For this year, a 23 film selection include films from Palestine, Israel, Europe, and North America. This truly reflects the diversity of perspectives of Palestinians in exile and diaspora as well as non-Palestinian filmmakers who have made excellent films about the country and its people. In contrast to previous years, it has an large number of feature/narrative films as well as personal and hard-hitting documentaries and even an animation. The Chicago Palestine Film Festival This year the festival is able to bring a staggering number of special guests to the festival to present films and participate in question and answer sessions after film screenings. The invited guests include Columbia University professor Joseph Massad, Lebanese author Elias Khoury, documentary filmmakers Buthaina Canaan Khoury and Barrack Rima, and emerging filmmaker Shady Srour from Nazareth. The festival will also present world-class Latino filmmaker Miguel Littin from Chile, who will present his two recent films about Palestine and his connection to the land of his grandparents. The festival is the only annual film festival of Palestinian films and Palestine-related films in the world. As it begin his fourth festival, it reaffirm his formative mission statement, which has guided his selection process.
Babelmed Editorial Team

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