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PALESTINE BLUES

Feature documentary, 72 minutes, mini-DV. [2006]

Directed by Nida Sinnokrot

 

What is left for Palestinian farmers who learn that in 24 hours the Israeli Army will confiscate their lands for the construction of a Security Wall? What do people do when their very survival is threatened by one of the world’s most powerful armies?

PALESTINE BLUES tells the story of a village’s confusion, desperation, and resistance, their daily victories and wrenching defeats. Unexpectedly filled with moments of poetry and humor this film’s intimate access, unforgettable characters and story structure blur the line between documentary and narrative.

Filmed at times with a hidden camera and at times under extreme duress, Palestinian-American filmmaker Nida Sinnokrot gives us a lasting chronicle of a people and their ancient life-giving orchards, ever threatened by destruction.


"an affecting cri de coeur"
- The Chicago Reader

"Palestine Blues is a vital corrective to omission-riddled mainstream media accounts, and a nice illustration of why both the underground and the Underground [NY Film Festival] remain relevant, even essential."
- The Village Voice

MASTER COVER

Pali Blues Master Cover

AWARDS AND SCREENING HISTORY

AWARDS IN COMPETITION:

2008 ECOCINEMA International Film Festival – Reportage and Documentation – Best Film

2007 CMCA- Prix International du Documentaire et du Reportage Mediterraneen – Best First Film

2007 Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Montpellier – Best First Film

2006 DOCUSUR International Film Festival – Best First Feature

2006 AMAL Euro-Arab International Film Festival – Best Documentary

2006 New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival – Best Feature Film


OFFICIAL SELECTION (listed in alphabetical order) :

Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival – Doha, Qatar

Al Kasaba International Film Festival – Ramallah, Palestine

AMAL Euro-Arab, International Film Festival – Santiago de Compostella, Spain

Boston Palestine Film Festival – Boston, MA

Chicago Underground Festival

CMCA- Prix International du Documentaire et du Reportage Mediterraneen – First Film

CinemaTexas Parallax View – Austin, Texas

“Cinema Verité” International Documentary Film Festival – Tehran, Iran

Creación Bajo Las Bombas (Filming Under Fire) – Madrid and Cordoba, Spain

DOCUSUR International Film Festival – Best First Feature

Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Montpellier – Montpellier, France

Festival de la Memoria Documental Latinoamericano – Tepoztlan, Mexico

Filmer À Tout Prix – Brussels, Belgium

Houston Palestine Film Festival – Houston,TX

Jerusalem Fund Summer Film Festival– Washington, D.C.

London Palestine Film Festival – London, UK

MIZNA – Minnesota Arab Film Festival – Minneapolis, MN

Muestra Nacional de Nuevos Realizadores (ICAIC) Habana, Cuba

New Cinemas of the Arab World: Film Festival and Symposium – Edinburgh, UK

New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival – New Orleans, LA

New York Underground Film Festival

One World International Human Rights Film Festival – Prague, Czech Republic

One World Slovakia Human Rights Film Festival – Bratislava, Slovakia

Palestine Audio-Visual Project Cineclub – Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan

Rencontres Cinema Du Réel à L’Imaginaire – Manosque, France

Santiago International Film Festival – Santiago, Chile


SPECIAL SCREENINGS:

Palestine Audio-Visual Project Cineclub screenings – Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan

Ragtag Cinema – Columbia, Missouri (hosted by True/False Film Festival)

Roxie Theatre – San Francisco, California (hosted by San Francisco Arab Film Festival)

California Theatre – Oakland, California (hosted by San Francisco Arab Film Festival)

CREDITS

Director: Nida Sinnokrot

Executive Producer: Andrew Mysko

Producers: Nida Sinnokrot, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Siobhan Walshe

Editors: Nida Sinnokrot, Athina Rachel Tsangari

Camera/Sound: Nida Sinnokrot

Co-Camera/Sound: Athina Rachel Tsangari, Jawad Metni

Sound Mix: Jeremy Fleishman

Music: Muddy Waters, Blind Willie Johnson, DAM

Original Language Title: Mawal Philistini

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