This November, Palestinian culture will be taking centre stage, starting with a selection of films at the Filmoteca to kick off a month of events. This will be followed by a chance to savour Palestine’s music, cuisine and colours at a range of venues dotted across Barcelona’s Gràcia neighbourhood.
Last year we spoke about delving into memory and giving a voice to “silenced worlds” as a way of understanding the present. This year we draw on daily life as a springboard for an in-depth exploration of the Palestinian people’s experience and rootedness in their homeland, so as to gain an insight into the reasons behind their struggle, perseverance and determination to assert their identity. Join us for portraits of Gaza under siege, the desolation of a refugee camp in Lebanon, the anguish and bitterness of life in Jerusalem and the impotence felt in practically every West Bank village, town and city.
Almost four years on from the Arab Spring, we also invite you to reflect on the revolutions that shook the world with the premiere on these shores of Syrian director’s Ziad Kalthoum’s The Immortal Sergeant and Egyptian Ahmed Nour’s Waves.
Tuesday 4th November
Opening ceremony chaired by Esteve Riambau (Director of the Filmoteca), Meritxell Bragulat (Director of the Mostra) and Ibrahim Beisani (President of the Palestinian Community of Catalonia)
Mahdi Fleifel, 93 min, Lebanon/Palestine, 2012, Original Version with Subtitles in Catalan, Digibeta
With the presence of Zhe Wu, the film’s Sound Editor
Wednesday 5 November
Hani Abu Assad, 96 min, Palestine, 2103, Original Version with Spanish Subtitles, 35mm
Thursday 6 November
Ahmed Nour, 70 min, Egypt, 2013, Original Version with Catalan Subtitles, Blu-ray
Friday 7 November
Ziad Kalthoum, Syria, 79 min, 2014, Original Version with Catalan Subtitles, Blu-ray
With the presence of Ziad Kalthoum and Senén Florensa-Executive President of Iemed.
Akram Safadi, Palestine, 52 min, 2002, Original Version with Catalan Subtitles, Mp4
Ramzi Maqdisi, Palestine, 45 min, 2011, Original Version with Catalan Subtitles, SDCARD
With the presence of Ramzi Maqdisi and Pau Subirós, Scriptwriter and producer.
Nabil Ayouch, Morocco, 115 min, 2012, Original Version with Catalan Subtitles, DCP.
Saturday 8 November
Rashid Masharawi, Palestine, 90 min, 2013, Blu-ray
With the presence of Abed Al Salaam Abu Askar-Producer-Gaza Media Center- and Esteve Riambau.
Merzak Allouache, Algeria, 91 min, 2013, Original Version with Catalan Subtitles, DCP
How to get there
Metro: L3 Liceu / L2 Paral·lel
Bus: 14 / 59 / 91 / 120
Bicing: Rambla del Raval, 13 / Rambla del
Parking: Hotel Barceló Raval / Illa Raval
(Sant Rafael, 15)
Single ticket: 4 euros
Reduced ticket*: 3 euros
* Reduced ticket:
Students, unemployed people, pensioners, legally-recognised disabled people, members of large families or single-parent families, Youth Card-holders and Public Library Network Card-holders.
No admissions are possible once the film has started
21st Cultural Week “Gràcia with Palestine”
17 to 23 November 2014
Once again, the focus of this year’s Cultural Week will be a Mediterranean country — Palestine, and this for two main reasons: firstly, because we believe that citizen education and awareness efforts should be made to work towards a peaceful solution to this 60-year-long ongoing conflict as the only guarantee for minimal stability and peace in the Middle East.
Secondly, because Palestine is the guest country at the 8th Arab and Mediterranean Film Festival that will be held at Filmoteca de Catalunya in early November.
The 21st Cultural Week is a diverse showcase, although a limited one, of the history, cultural heritage (art, literature, cinema, food, music…) and way of life of the Palestinian people.
Events will take place at community centers Centre Cívic La Sedeta (Sicília, 321), Centre Cívic El Coll-La Bruguera (Aldea, 15), Espai Jove La Fontana (Gran de Gràcia, 190-192), and La Violeta (Maspons, 6), as well as library Biblioteca Vallcarca i Els Penitents – M. Antonieta Cot (Pg. Vall d’Hebron, 65-69).
For more information, the full Cultural Week schedule is available at: www.bcn.cat/cclasedeta
CYCLE “MIRADES”. ARABIC DOCUMENTARY FILM.
Organized by Cineclub Barcelona Espai de Cinema (BEC) and Casa Elizalde
With the aim to contribute towards the knowledge and promotion of Arabic cinema in Barcelona, the BEC and Casa Elizalde offer a cycle of Arabic documentary films throughout October, including some of top rated films from Algeria, Lebanon and Syria, within the 8ª edició de la Mostra de Cinema Àrab i Mediterrani de Catalunya.
Producers: Leïla Morouche, Oriane Brun-Moschetti
Algeria, 2007 / 120 min / Arabic O.V. with Catalan subtitles
WE WERE COMMUNISTS
Director: Maher Abi Samra
Lebanon, 2010 / 85min / Arabic O.V. with Spanish subtitles
Director: Hala Abdallah
Syria, 2012 / 120 min / Arabic O.V. with Spanish subtitles
All films are scheduled on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm
For more information:
València, 302- 08009 Barcelona
Tel.: 93 488 05 90