Villa Touma by Suha Arraf (2014, 85 min.). Three unmarried aristocratic Palestinian Christian sisters from Ramallah have been unable to come to terms with the new reality of occupation and the mass migration of Palestine’s aristocracy. In order to survive, they lock themselves away in their villa, shutting out the real world and clinging desperately to the nostalgia of their former glory. One day, their orphaned teenaged niece, Badia, walks into their lives. Her arrival unleashes a torrent of family secrets and long-held grudges, turning their fossilized world upside down. Oppressive social, religious, and political tensions converge in this absorbing family drama. The debut drama feature film from the award-winning filmmaker Suha Arraf (Scriptwriter, The Syrian Bride, The Lemon Tree; director, Women of Hamas, Hardball, Good Morning Jerusalem). In Arabic with English subtitles.
Ave Maria by Basil Khalil (2015, 15 min.). The Nuns of the Sisters of Mercy Convent, in the middle of the West Bank wilderness, have their daily routine of silence and prayer disrupted when a family of Jewish settlers come knocking at their door for help after crashing into the convent’s wall. In Arabic, Hebrew, and English with English subtitles.