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  In Jericho, a new cinema for world’s most ancient city | babelmed The Jericho International Film Festival is the second edition of what started out as the Ramallah International Film Festival, last year. This year the festival was moved to its permanent home – the city of Jericho. With its water springs, palm trees, friendly people, and calm desert evenings, it is poised to become a truly sublime event.

The JIFF, located in the world’s most ancient city, in a land of storytellers, acts as a meeting point of so many stories and societies, a plethora of cinematic flavors from around the world, a place of diversity of film and moving image which brings the most original, imaginative and exciting films made world-wide in this past year. It is also a place to discover - At the Golden Ibex Awards - unheralded talents from the Middle East, and a celebration of original Palestinian and Arab cinema. Our avowed aim is to broaden access, here in Palestine, to world cinema, support creative talent and help a young generation discover and share the wealth of other cultures.

The official venue of the JIFF is the beautiful, Bauhause style, Rivoli Cinema, originally built in 1963. The cinema, now labeled the Jericho Culture & Arts centre, has been shut since 1995, following a fire that has ravished it coupled with the last Intifada. The festival will witness its jubilant first reopening since.

The JIFF will feature four sections:The Golden Ibex Awards, the International Panorama, some Retrospectives: Tribute to Iranian Cinema, A special Programme for Children and Teenagers.



Babelmed editorial team
(12/10/2005)
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