Houston Palestine Film Festival Press Release



WHAT: 5th Annual Houston Palestine Film Festival
WHEN: May 13-15 & May 20-21
WHERE: Rice Media Center (May 13-15) & The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (May 20-21)

Houston (April 20, 2011) –The Houston Palestine Film Festival is excited to bring Houston another year
of incredible film and discussion with its milestone 5th annual film festival. The unprecedented success
of 2009’s festival program resulted in HPFF winning the Houston Press Best of Houston award for Best
Film Festival and in 2010 HPFF was Reader’s Choice for Best Film Series in Houston!
During the last four years, HPFF has featured striking, thought-provoking films, lively discussion and
once-in-a-lifetime community events and musical performances by a number of notable artists. This
year, HPFF is ecstatic to be celebrating its fifth year of festival programming.

It is thanks to a robust Palestinian cinema scene that we’re able to offer exclusive screenings of a
beautiful array of films touching on such diverse and complex issues as the juxtaposition of mental
health and occupation (FIX ME), the appropriation of the fruits of Palestine’s early economy (Jaffa, The
Orange’s Clockwork), and the postmodern, post 9-11 puzzle of identity and belonging – because as it
turns out, The Imperialists are STILL Alive!

In addition to our diverse film lineup, the HPFF family has arranged for post-film events filled with
interesting conversation and meet-and-greets with the artists behind the films. This year, HPFF is
thrilled to be joined by actor José Maria de Tavira (The Imperialists are Still Alive!) and directors
Sama Alshaibi (End of September) and Eyal Sivan (Jaffa, The Orange’s Clockwork). And as a tribute
to the life and work of Juliano Mer-Khamis, HPFF will host a special program with an exclusive
screening of Arna’s Children. In addition to the screening, there will be a special guest
appearance by Matan Cohen – fellow activist and dear friend to Juliano Mer-Khamis at Rice Media
Center on Sunday afternoon. As always, attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with other film
lovers and learn a little more about Palestine and its people.

Past event highlights include riveting discussions and musical performances by M-1 (of Dead Prez) and
Sabreena da Witch, a powerful reading by Palestinian-American poet Suheir Hammad, a number of
riveting films including Annemarie Jacir’s Salt of this Sea, and Q & A sessions with filmmakers Mahdi
Fleifel, Annemarie Jacir and Detroit hip-hop artist Invincible.

The first weekend of the film festival will feature evening screenings (Friday and Saturday) at the Rice Media Center that begin at 7 pm. The special screening of Arna’s Children will begin at 4:30 PM on Sunday afternoon and is free to the public. The following and last weekend of the festival will feature evening screenings (Friday and Saturday) that begin at 7 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Please visit www.hpff.org for full line up and information.

HPFF would like to thank all of our generous donors, volunteers and supporters. Thank YOU!
Parking will be available onsite at both Rice Media Center and MFAH for a small fee. Ticket price per evening is $10. For more information or to buy your tickets online please visit www.hpff.org.

Brigitte Zabak
(e): brigitte@hpff.org

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