DC Cinema Palestine: Crossing Kalandia / Rana's Wedding
Saturday, April 30th 2005 6 pm
Theme: Striving for Normality
6:00 pm - Crossing Kalandia
7:15 pm - Rana's Wedding
Crossing Kalandia (Sobhi al-Zobaidi, Italy/Palestine, Documentary, 2002, 52 minutes)
A video journal reflecting the life of a Palestinian family and a Palestinian town during one year of the intifada. Kalandia is the name of a refugee camp between Ramallah and Jerusalem, but more recently it has become the location of one of the most heavily-traveled Israeli checkpoints in the Palestinian territories. The filmmaker's intention is not to portray Palestinians as victims, but rather to reveal that Palestinians are like any other normal society; they are diverse, complex and very misunderstood. The film focuses on Palestinians persistent and resilient efforts to lead normal lives in the midst of much violence and suffering.
Rana's Wedding (Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine, Fiction, 2002, 90 minutes)
Rana wakes up one morning to an ultimatum delivered by her father: She must either choose a husband from a pre-selected list of eligible men, or she must accompany her father abroad. Rana's Wedding is a romantic drama about a Palestinian girl who wants to get married to the man of her own choice. With only ten hours to find her boyfriend in occupied Jerusalem, Rana sneaks out of her father's house at daybreak to find her forbidden love, Khalil. Facing barriers and occupation which have become an everyday reality, Rana overcomes her fears and doubts, deciding not to let anyone control her life.
[Best Actress, Marrakech Film Festival - Marrakech, 2002; Antigone d'Or, Prix de la Critique, Prix des Étudiants, Cinéma Méditerranéen - Montpellier, 2002; Grand Prix, Arte Mare Festival - Bastia, 2002; Grand Prix, International Mediterranean Film Festival - Cologne, 2002; Nestor Almendros Award for Courage in Filmmaking, Human Rights Watch Film Festival - New York, 2003; Audience Prize, Otranto Festival - Otranto, 2003]
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.