The “New” Cinema of Palestine

Recent Palestinian films such as Suha Arraf's Villa Touma and Najwa Najjar's Eyes of A Thief have been described as "new," offering "unique" perspectives on Palestinian life. Daoud Kuttab for example, writing in Al Monitor, places Najjar's film within a cadre of filmmakers, some new, others well-established, who are "trying to show the complexity of … Continue reading The “New” Cinema of Palestine

The Pessoptimist

Emile Habibi's novel The Pessoptimist (1974) - to give it its full title, The Strange Events Surrounding the Dissapearance of Said the Unfortunate the Pessoptimist - depicts the life of a Palestinian in Israel, employing black humor and satire to deal with what it means for Arabs to live in the state of Israel. The … Continue reading The Pessoptimist

Arab Cinema Round-Up

"A truly original programme of Arab cinema for British cinema-goers, this week-long series of classic and contemporary popular cinema takes audiences on a journey of gripping dramas, subversive comedies and exaggerated melodramas, taking in an array of re-mastered cinematic masterpieces and new releases." The Arab British Centre has been doing some amazing work on popular … Continue reading Arab Cinema Round-Up