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 […]