Paper Boat by Mahmoud Ghalwa (2016, 15 min.). In Arabic with English subtitles.

How to welcome a child into a world darkened by endless war? A young expecting couple in Gaza struggle with this agonizing question in the lead up to the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2014. 

Horizon by Zain Duraie (2013, 17 min.). In Arabic with English subtitles.

A story that takes us on an emotional journey through the eyes of the troubled yet ambitious mother, wife, and homemaker Faten, who must stand up to her husband to try and save her children from a future similar to her own.

I Say Dust by Darine Hotait (2015, 15 min.). In Arabic and English with English subtitles. 

Two Arab American women in New York City fall in love, argue home and identity, engage in a chess battle, and express themselves through the power of the spoken word. Hal, an Arab American poet belonging to the Palestinian diaspora in New York City, meets Moun, a free-spirited chess sales girl. Their brief love affair challenges their understanding of what makes home.

Roubama by Rakan Mayasi (2012, 15 min.). No dialogue.

When Kareem’s sentiments collide with the notion of time, his imagination succumbs to a vicious reality. Will his love be rendered nonexistent? Inspired by a poem by Mahmoud Darwish, Roubama tells the story of a waiting refugee.

Between a Garden and the Sea by A. Lorr (2016, 16.5 min.). In Arabic, English, and French with English subtitles. 

This visual poem documents the fragmentation of territory in Palestine as an impressionistic roadblock movie. Composed of fragments of letters and poems, it’s in an intimate tone that we embark on a journey from the West Bank hills to the Mediterranean Sea. A short distance made long with detours, checkpoints, and dead ends; it inspires suffocation at times, liberation at others.

One Day in July by Hermes Mangialardo (2015, 2 min.). In Arabic with English subtitles.

A child plays with sand on a beach, but a soldier comes with his gun…

Tawfiq’s Reef by Roger Hill and Anas Hamra (2016, 6.5 min.). In Arabic with English subtitles.

Tawfiq’s Reef chronicles the plight of Palestinian fishermen in Gaza, who are restricted to a narrow sliver of fishing waters off the Gaza coastline where they are shot at, harassed, or imprisoned by the Israeli Navy, making theirs one of the most dangerous professions in the world. 

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