Reel Palestine Pop-Up Film Festival
Copresented by Reel Palestine and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Anteo Palazzo del Cinema
Piazza Venticinque Aprile, 8, 20121 Milano
Saturday–Sunday, April 14–15, 10:30 am
Reel Palestine presents films by emerging and established international artists and filmmakers from Palestine and its diaspora. This selection of feature films and shorts explores notions of place, space, and origin through poetic, metaphorical, and experimental visual gestures. Produced in the last five years, these films offer alternative vistas to those portrayed in the media, and relay overlooked stories about migration, displacement, fragmentation, and family traditions.
This film festival is organized in conjunction with the exhibition But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa on view at Galleria d’Arte Moderna through June 17.
Saturday, April 14
Electrical Gaza, 2015, 17 min., 53 sec.
Rosalind Nashashibi (b. Croydon, United Kingdom; lives and works in London)
Electrical Gaza combines documentary footage of director Rosalind Nashashibi’s trip to Gaza with playful animations. By juxtaposing the mediated encounters that characterize the journey—paying bribes, navigating the city with a personal tour guide, and engaging with locals through a translator—with fanciful moments of fiction, Nashashibi examines the tropes commonly associated with Gaza and the futility of such attempts to capture the place.
Commissioned by the Trustees of Imperial War Museum, produced by Kate Parker; Courtesy the artist and LUX, London
Ouroboros, 2017, 77 min. (Italian, English, and Chinook with English subtitles)
Basma Alsharif (b. Kuwait; lives and works in Los Angeles)
Ouroboros is a rich cinematic tableau that challenges established conceptions of narrative. Named after the ancient symbol of the snake eating its own tail, the film evokes the natural cycles of destruction and renewal to explore displacement through the metaphor of heartbreak. The main protagonist is pictured in several landscapes, including Gaza, Los Angeles and the California desert, a former Jewish enclave in Italy, and Trohanet Château in Brittany, France.
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About Reel Palestine
Reel Palestine is an annual film festival showing a selection of alternative Palestinian films in the United Arab Emirates. The not-for-profit and volunteer-based organization was set up by group of friends in Dubai in 2014 and launched its first pop-up festival in January 2015 with the purpose of showing Palestinian culture and tenacity through film, submerging viewers in the beautiful, difficult, emotional, and inspirational moments that occur under occupation.
About Anteo Palazzo del Cinema
Anteo Palazzo del Cinema is a multifaceted cinema facility that offers nine theatres, a café/ restaurant, a public library for the performing arts, and a study area, as well as programs for children and young people and a multimedia room that can be reserved for private screenings. Located in the heart of Milan, the cinema presents a rich annual program of courses and events and, during the summer months, organizes an open-air cinema in an adjacent cloister.