Editor’s Note: The Gene Siskel Film Center in collaboration with the Chicago Palestine Film Festival presents the 17th ANNUAL CHICAGO PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL showcases an array of Palestinian films “representing the spirit and mood of contemporary Palestinian life” as described by the press release. Picture this Post’s Taryn Smith had the opportunity to view 4 of the selections for the upcoming festival
This documentary follows various women in an array of professions who discuss the preservation of Palestinian culture while they are embroidering together. This film weaves together personal history -often heartbreaking- with the history of Palestine and the fight to secure it. Stitching Palestine showcases the immense work women do to save their history and culture. (April 22nd)
Writing on Snow
In Writing on Snow a couple opens their home to a medic and two strangers during a violent night in Gaza. The film creates a claustrophobic feeling that enhances the intensity of the situation-especially when religious and political differences come to light. In this reviewer’s opinion, the tightknit ensemble provides stellar performances, making this a top pick. (April 26th)
This film involves a cast of non-actors who have previously been incarcerated. They work together to rebuild their former prison and recreate their harrowing experiences and memories. The weight of their past torture on their psyches is the focus of this documentary. (April 28th)
1948: Creation and Catastrophe
1948: Creation and Catastrophe explores the pivotal year in Palestinian history, 1948. This documentary provides a detailed and moving look at the founding of Israel and the expulsion of nearly a million Palestinians. Featuring a wide range of interviews from both Palestinian and Israeli veterans, and historians the human cost of war is masterfully depicted. (May 2nd)
April 21st- May 3rd
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60601
About the Author
Taryn Smith graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago's BFA Performance program in 2011. After graduating, she co-founded Realize Theatre Group and served as Executive Director for the company. She has filled numerous roles while with RTG both on and off stage including making her playwriting debut with her play America, Inc . She has worked as a stage manage, designer, director, and actor. Outside of the theatre world, Taryn is a licensed massage therapist.
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