The Oscar-nominated film Omar will headline the 8th Annual Houston Palestine Film Festival, which takes place over three weekends in May. Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad’s drama, nominated for best foreign-language feature, kicks off the South’s only celebration of Palestinian cinema May 9 at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
“We are also excited to announce that we will be expanding our festival’s program by adding a third Saturday in the line up this year. Adding to the excitement is Houston’s biennial FotoFest, which this year will highlight contemporary Arab visual arts and mixed media. This citywide event will feature the works of 48 Arab artists, including six from Palestine. To follow such a great event with our annual film lineup is a wonderful opportunity.”
This year’s HPFF lineup includes feature-length films and a number of short documentaries about Palestinian life in the Middle East and abroad. The films will screen at MFAH and the Rice Cinema at Rice University on alternate weekends. The screenings at Rice will be followed by a reception featuring Palestinian crafts, food and music.
Saturday, May 24
Under The Same Sun
The film is set in the near future, and it looks back on how peace was made in 2013 between Israel and Palestine.
It is the story of two businessmen – one Palestinian and one Israeli – who struggle to set up a solar energy company. Both come from societies where there is strong opposition to cooperating with the other, and the film tells how they overcome hostility from within their own families and from the people around them.
In the end, they mount a Facebook campaign that brings popular support both to their joint venture and to the peace process.
The film was produced by Amir Harel, an Academy Award-nominated Israeli producer, and directed by Sameh Zoabi, a leading Palestinian film-maker.The film stars Ali Suliman who turned in intense and charismatic performances in the Oscar-nominated “Paradise Now” (2006) and The Attack (2012).
The Houston Palestine Film Festival is made possible in part by a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance. For more information, visit www.hpff.org.
2014/05/24 - 2014/05/24
Additional time info:
3pm. The screenings at Rice will be followed by a reception featuring Palestinian crafts, food and music.