Film Fest: Women in Struggle

Gemma: I have several places I could start with this one. 1) THIS is how you do a microbudget aesthetic. 2) This film turned out much bleaker than I could have anticipated from its beginning, and that seemed right. 3) “Political life alone is very dry, with no humanity.” Rasha: This was not the roughest […]

Film Fest: Waltz with Bashir

Rasha: So, I’ll start by saying two things: One, since I haven’t seen Birth of a Nation, this might be the most racist film I’ve ever watched. Two, even on its own terms, I’m not sure what this film is trying to accomplish. Gemma: What would you say “its own terms” were? R: That’s a […]

Film Fest: 5 Broken Cameras and The Gatekeepers

5 Broken Cameras (2012) documents 5 years of protests against the separation wall in the West Bank village of Bil’in. The Gatekeepers (2012) interviews 6 of the 7 living directors of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret police.   Gemma: These were tough and rich films to start with. Rasha: I’m glad we to agreed to […]

SCC Film Fest: Films from Palestine and Israel

For Nakba Day, we’re offering the films and documentaries we’ll be watching, together and on our own, over the next month. We’ll review some of them here in the weeks to come. For more options, check out Palestine Docs. Encounter Point Budrus Five Broken Cameras Omar The Gatekeepers Waltz with Bashir Women in Struggle The […]

Review: The Promise, Parts 3 & 4

Rasha: Episode 4 is interminable, I’m still watching it. They could have cut a good 45 min on the fraught pauses alone. Gemma: Agreed! But then we wouldn’t understand how FRAUGHT the whole SITUATION is! R: I’m just at the point where she realizes she’s talking with Mohammed Abu Hassan’s daughter. The feels I’m supposed […]