DC Cinema Palestine: A Stone's Throw Away / Frontiers of Dreams and Fears
Friday, April 8th 2005 7 pm
7:00 pm - A Stone's Throw Away
8:15 pm - Frontiers of Dreams and Fears
A Stone's Throw Away (Line Halvorsen, Norway, Documentary, 2003, 51 minutes)
A Stone's Throw Away follows three boys from Dheisheh refugee camp on the outskirts of Bethlehem. The children are growing up under Israeli occupation. Their friend, who was only 13 years old, has recently been shot to death by Israeli soldiers. In the film the children talk about their feelings of fear, hoplessness, anger and revenge. The film provides an intimate insight into the children's thoughts and lives, raising questions about how children are influenced by the conditions in which they live.
Frontiers of Dreams and Fears (Mai Masri, Palestine, Documentary, 2001, 56 minutes)
Award-winning Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri's most recent work traces the delicate friendship that evolves between two Palestinian girls: Mona, a resident of the economically marginalized Beirut refugee camp and Manar, an occupant of Bethlehem's Al-Dheisha camp under Israeli control. The two girls begin and continue their relationship through letters until they are finally given the opportunity to meet at the border during the Israeli withdrawal from South Lebanon. When the intifada suddenly erupts around them, both girls face heart-breaking changes in their lives. As in Masri's earlier films, Frontiers of Dreams and Fears focuses on the difficult plight of Palestinian children while exhibiting an optimism that defies their unbearable circumstances.
[First Prize Documentary, International Festival of films by Women, 2002 Turin]
George Washington University, Marvin Center Amphitheater (3rd Floor) 800 21st Street NW Washington DC
Council for the National Interest Foundation, Partners for Peace, SUSTAIN, ADC-DC, Palestine Media Watch, and other generous donors, and hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine in George Washington University.