EL GOUNA FILM FESTIVAL EXPLORES THE INTRICATE AND INTERCONNECTED FABRIC OF HUMAN EXPERIENCES, STORIES, AND LIVES IN PALESTINE WITH ITS SPECIAL PROGRAM WINDOW ON PALESTINE
CAIRO, DECEMBER 9, 2023 — El Gouna Film Festival, unveils its program, Window on Palestine showcasing a powerful collection of films that delve into the heart of Palestinian narratives. The carefully curated selection sheds light on the challenges faced by a resilient people, inviting audiences to gain a deeper understanding of the human experiences within Palestine.
As recently announced, the 6th edition of the festival is now scheduled to take place in El Gouna from December 14 to 21, 2023.
The title Window on Palestine perfectly encapsulates the essence of this cinematic journey, inviting audiences to peer into the unseen lives and untold stories. Through this program, most of which was curated in collaboration with the Palestine Film Institute, El Gouna Film Festival aims to amplify the unfiltered narratives that deserve to be heard, offering a platform for voices that have long been overlooked. This special section underscores the festival's commitment to supporting the just cause of the Palestinian people.
The films featured in the program span a range of compelling stories. Ambulance directed by Mohamed Jabaly, delivers a raw, first-person account of the last war in Gaza in 2014, uncovering the stories behind the recurring violence. In Bye Bye Tiberias, filmmaker Lina Soualem captures the personal journeys of four generations of daring Palestinian women, each influencing the world despite their dispersed identity.
Arab & Tarzan Nasser’s Condom Lead takes a comedic approach to the Gaza War, showcasing the challenges faced by a married Palestinian couple attempting intimacy amidst disruptive Israeli shelling. The very moving animated short by May Odeh Drawing for Better Dreams brings to life the struggles of Palestinian children in the Occupied Territories and how they cope with life with their crayon drawings, highlighting the power of allowing young people to hope and dream.
Yousry Nasrallah's epic adaptation, Bab el shams, narrates the story of the people of Palestine, spanning fifty years of history, suffering, hope, and love. Anne Paq & Dror Dayan’s Not Just Your Picture follows the devastating journey of German-Palestinian siblings seeking justice for their family after an Israeli airstrike on Gaza.
Sina Salimi’s Roof Knocking provides insight into the paradoxical reality in Gaza, prompting viewers to contemplate preservation amidst constant threats.
In Shujayya, directed by Mohammed Almughanni, a typical family in Gaza is thrown into disarray after bombing attacks destroy their home.
Farah Nabulsi’s The Teacher delves into the daily frustrations and the rage experienced by Palestinians and illustrates the impact of living in a setting where individuals with firearms dictate what you can or cannot do, how you may or may not live your life… To My Father directed by Abdelsalam Shehadeh explores Palestinian and Arab history, reflecting on the transformative power of photography.
In a statement, Festival Director Intishal Al Timimi emphasized the significance of <Window on Palestine>: "Through these compelling films, we aim to open a window into the rich and complex tapestry of Palestinian life. It is our hope that these stories will resonate with audiences, fostering empathy and understanding. By providing a platform for these voices, we contribute to a broader conversation about the shared human experiences that connect us all."
In a discussion accompanying our film program, ‘Camera in Crisis: A Lens on Palestine’ will explore the intricate landscape of filmmaking in Palestine. The session will feature esteemed filmmakers Rashid Mashharawi, Najwa Najjar, Khalil Al Mozian and Gaza-born actor Ahmed Al Munirawi, who will share their firsthand experiences, shedding light on the unique challenges faced during the filming process, especially in crisis situations prevalent in Palestine, particularly in Gaza. The discussion will be moderated by Mohammed Almughanni, offering an insightful journey into the resilience and determination of filmmakers navigating adversity to bring powerful narratives to the screen.
Speaking about the film screenings and the proposed discussion, Marianne Khoury, Artistic Director GFF said "The inclusion of the 'Window on Palestine' program in this special edition of GFF serves as a potent demonstration of our festival's commitment to amplify the voices of Palestinians through the lens of cinema. This programme offers to its audiences a unique opportunity to unearth or revisit the nuanced Palestinian narratives portrayed on the screen and engage in meaningful discussions, with filmmakers who will be able to make it to El Gouna”
Join us at El Gouna Film Festival (December 14-21, 2023) on this cinematic journey, exploring the strength, resilience, and challenges of Palestinian life. For a detailed list of films featured in the "Window on Palestine" program, please visit
About El Gouna Film Festival
El Gouna Film Festival, founded in 2017, is one of the leading festivals in the MENA region. GFF aims to showcase a wide variety of films for a passionate and knowledgeable audience, while fostering better communication between cultures through the art of filmmaking. Its goal is to connect filmmakers from the region with their international counterparts in the spirit of cooperation and cultural exchange. The festival is committed to the discovery of new voices and strives to be a catalyst for the development of cinema in the Arab world, especially through CineGouna Platform, an industry-oriented event created to empower Egyptian and Arab filmmakers and help them find artistic and financial support. CineGouna Platform presents the CineGouna Bridge program that provides opportunities for sharing and learning and the CineGouna SpringBoard, a project development and co-production lab. New this year is the CineGouna Market, including the Short Film Lounge, a place creating a link between emerging and established filmmakers.
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