The third edition of the Palestinian Refugees Film Festival will screen 23 short films from around the world.
Shoruq Organisation, an independent entity formed in 2012 in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp, will organise the Palestinian Refugees Film Festival, which specifically focuses on short films that address the issues of refugees in general.
While the films in the programme focus on the plight of refugees in general, there is an emphasis on issues that Palestinian refugees face.
The third edition of the film festival will be held in Palestine from September 23 to September 25.
The festival, which is the first international film festival for short films to be held in Occupied Palestine, highlights films that tackle refugee issues.
The main objectives of the festival this year are to increase cultural awareness and enhance the role of art and culture in creating cinematic content that reflects the human rights issues of the Palestinian people on a local and international level, as well as building a platform for discussion that nurtures Palestinian productions and incentivises their dissemination, not only in Palestine but in the whole world.
This year, Shoruq received 400 films between Palestinian and international, all of which tackle a different aspect of the refugee problem. The festival jury consists of several remarkable Palestinian filmmakers, who have worked in this field for so long.
The films include 18/11 by Medhat Maged; Before Heaven by Ahmed Heydarian; Federing by Tianlin Xu; Headcount by Akram Ameen; Hydrangeas in Winter by Helene Rastegar; and Khoonab by Mojtaba Ghasemi; Don’t Get Too Comfortable by Shaima Al Tamimi, A Midnight Robbery by Raghda Karam; For You by Mahmoud Hamdan; and The Date by Mahsa Abdulmuwaffaq; among others.
The opening ceremony will be held on September 23 at President Putin Palestinian Organisation for Culture and Economy in Bethlehem at 7:00 PM.