Despite a dearth in global film production over the last 18 months, the London Palestine Film Festival is slated to return with an ever-crucial program of international films with a focus on Palestine and Palestine-related issues. LPFF 2021 presents 22 films, over 10 screen-talks, and 2 exclusive live events. Artists and filmmakers in attendance will include Michel Khleifi, Larissa Sansour, Sophia AlMaria, Yumna Marwan, Eyal Sivan, Bashar Shammout and more.
The festival will open at the Barbican Centre with the UK premiere of The Stranger (Al Garib) - the first narrative feature to be shot on location in the occupied-Golan Heights. A breathtaking and accomplished directorial debut by Ameer Fakher Eldin, it stars two of Palestine's most celebrated actors, Ashraf Barhom and Mohammad Bakri.
Exclusive special events will include 'Soundtrack to the Palestinian Revolution' which is described as a "show-and-tell presentation, created especially for the LPFF which will explore the innovative sound design and role of music in revolutionary era cinema (1968 - 1982)." Jarman Award-nominated artist-filmmaker, Larissa Sansour, will be conducting a masterclass exploring her use of science-fiction tropes in an art context. Sansour will show excerpts and images of her work covering more than a decade of her art practice with exclusive peeks at her grand upcoming project.
Sophia AlMaria’s Jarman Award-nominated Beast Type Song will enjoy its first cinema screening. It is a project which aims to instigate a discussion on imperialism, language and the sensitive intricacies of narrative.
Other timeless questions and themes made more urgent after this year’s assaults, dispossession and normalisation recur throughout the programme. Among them the UK premiere of The Sun and the Looking Glass, the European premiere of Fadia’s Tree, the UK premieres of Ours is a Country of Words as well as The Silent Protest. Naila and the Uprising; and As I Want.
For the full programme and all information on events and talks, check out their website here.
The 2021 London Palestine Film Festival is supported by the A M Qattan Foundation, Sawsan Asfari, The International Arab Charity, Centre for Palestine Studies at SOAS, University of London.