Film aficionados, you’re going to love this one. The Doha Palestine Cinema Festival is taking place from October 16 to 20 at the Doha Fire Station and there’s lots to look forward to.
Some of the finest Palestinian movies and narratives will be screened, aiming to tell the stories of Palestine through cinema. There are documentaries, rare early works and animation, too.
Doha Palestine Cinema Festival is an independent community initiative by a group of cinephiles and storytelling lovers in Qatar.
DPCF launched its first edition in 2018, attracting audiences from various cultures and backgrounds, engaging in dialogue about identity, culture, human rights and common social matters.
The festival will also host emerging Qatari cinema and take the films made by Qatar-based filmmakers on a special Palestine Tour across the borders and checkpoints.
On October 16 at 7.30pm, Gaza will be screened at the Doha Fire Station Cinema. Following the raids on the Gaza strip in 2004, this short documentary will take you on a trip to Gaza where the brutality and violations of human rights are witnessed.
Mafak will be screened on the same day as well at 7.30pm featuring Ziad, the star of the Jalazon refugee camp basketball team in Palestine, who tries to avenge the death of his best friend.
Qatar Delights will be shown at 6pm on October 17 and Nakba Déjà vu at 7.30pm.
The Tower is an emotional film inspired by real-life interviews with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. This will be screened on October 18 at 4.30pm.
Creative Interruptions will be on view for audiences at 6pm on October 18.
Mats Gorud will share his experiences filming at a refugee camp in Lebanon on Saturday October 19 at 11am.
They Were Promised The Sea will be screened on October 19 at 7.30pm.
Palestinian Shortcuts, Strange Cities are Familiar and A Magical Substance Flows Into Me will be screened on the last day, October 20, at 6pm, 7.30pm and 8pm respectively.
Free (registration required). Oct 16-20, timings vary. Doha Fire Station Cinema, Doha Fire Station, www.dpcfq.com.