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The Palestinian Film Festival

Film Festival

The Araluen Arts Centre brings you a selection of films from the Palestinian Film Festival Australia. The twelve year running festival is on its first regional tour this year creating opportunities for cultural exchange through film. Enjoy this chance to connect with, and get to know, Palestine and Palestinians through a creative showcase of different filmmakers.

Zoo

Director: Tariq Rimawi
Year: 2022
Genre: Animation, Short
Runtime: 8mins
Rating: unclassified 15+

Wandering through the ‘worst Zoo in the world’, a young boy Sami is looking for his football. The child discovers more than his missing ball when he encounters the little tiger Laziz, who follows him on his quest to find a safe place to play. Against all odds, they become friends. However, the remnants of war harbour danger.
This short animation is inspired by Gaza’s Zoo where the animals that died due to the war were embalmed and exhibited. The remaining living animals, including a tiger called Laziz, were rescued to safe reserves. However, nothing has changed for the people living in Gaza.

Alam

Director: Firas Khoury
Year: 2022
Genre: Drama, Coming-of-Age
Runtime: 100mins
Rating: unclassified 15+

Despite being part of a young generation of Palestinians whose families chose to stay and challenge the Israeli state after Al-Nakba, 17-year-old Tamer and his friends are just like any other group of teenage boys. They clumsily search for drugs, flirt with girls, play video games, and slack off at school. However, when an intriguing new student named Maysaa joins their class, Tamer immediately falls for her and is drawn into her political activism.

Together, they join fellow classmates in an operation to covertly raise the Palestinian flag at their school and peacefully disrupt the local celebrations planned for Israel’s Independence Day – otherwise known to Palestinians as a day of mourning and memorialisation of their ethnic cleansing 70 years prior. Unsure of his own political convictions, Tamer must quickly determine what matters to him and what price he is willing to pay for freedom.

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Gaza Surf Club
Director: Philiip Gnadt, Mickey Yamine
Year: 2012
Genre: Documentary, Sports
Runtime: 100mins
Rating: unclassified 15+

A close-knit community of surfers in Gaza tenaciously pursues their passion despite the formidable challenges imposed by the blockade. Constructing their surfboards from recycled materials, the surfers form strong bonds as they engage in competitions, organise surf camps, and celebrate their passion together. Highlighting the joy and freedom inherent in surfing, they bravely navigate hazardous waters, confront fears, and find solace amid chaos, revealing not only the transformative power of the ocean but also their own remarkable resilience.

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Gallery 

Gaza Surf Club Zoo Short film

Dates 

21 April 2024

Times 

Zoo and Alam
2:30pm

Gaza Surf Club 
4:30pm

Interval - Between Main Screenings 20 Mins

Prices 

Single Screening

Adult
$18.00

Concession
$17.00

Araluen Member
$17.00

Double Bill

Adult
$34

Concession
$32

Araluen Member
$32

                           

Genre 

Film Festival

Location 

Extra information 

Ticketing Policy

Online ticketing is available up until one hour prior to the performance.  
For ticket purchases after this time, please visit the Araluen Box Office or call us on (08) 8951 1122.

Accessibility

wheelchair  CC

Rating

M - Mature audiences recommended 

Booking Fee

For this event, a one-off service fee of $2.50 per transaction applies on all purchases online and by phone. All ticket prices include GST.