The Arab World’s Boldest Movies Are Coming to London
Thanks to this Palestinian artist collective
Sarah Ben Romdane
Later this month, East London’s key independent cinema, Rich Mix, will welcome the Palestine Film Club—a collective comprised of filmmakers, producers and artists who are dedicated to the production and growth of homegrown film in Palestine—to host a season of films from the Arab world.
Founded in 2017 by Muhannad Halawany and Aïda Kaadan (who are based between Ramallah and Jerusalem) the collective seeks to bring Palestinian film to the forefront, by providing training and one-to-one workshops with local and international industry professionals. “We want to create a large locally-trained Palestinian talent pool that responds to international skill demands, and turn Palestine into the most popular film destination in the region”, says Kaadan.
Starting on 28 September, The Palestine Film Club, in collaboration with London-based interdisciplinary platform Sarha Collective, will screen ten short films by the best and boldest filmmakers from across the Arab world and beyond.
Following the opening screening, the team behind Haifa Independent Film Festival will join the collectives for a panel discussion.
Underground Palestinian DJ’s Jazar Crew, who recently appeared on Boiler Room, will end the evening with their first London show.
Palestine Film Club: London Launch, 28 September, Rich Mix, London