جمعية الدراسات النسوية التنموية الفلسطينية
The Palestinian Development Women Studies Association
P.D.W.S.A
الثلاثاء : 2020-11-24

The P.D.W.S.A and Shashat organize a series of films that simulate the reality of Palestinian women.

2020-09-07
The PDWSA and Shashat organize a series of films that simulate the reality of Palestinian women
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The P.D.W.S.A organized a series of film shows in partnership with the Women’s Cinema, Shashat Foundation, as a part of (Let's watch a film) project. These films are part of the (Let's watch a film) project, which is a community-cultural partnership project implemented by the Women's Cinema Shashat Foundation, and in partnership with the Association of University Graduates and the Sunflower Society for the Protection of Human and the Environment. Besides the support of the European Union, the Swiss CFD and the Global Women's Fund.
Most of the films included in the project produced and directed by Palestinians and they represent the Palestinian reality in several areas and on different levels and stresses the importance of sticking to the Palestinian identity. The P.D.W.S.A has shown films; such as I Wish I weren't Palestinian, Grape leaves-Dawali and Narration.
The Grape leaves-Dawali film, directed by Dina Najjar, that reviews the story of the director's grandmother, Fatima Al-Mani, of a Syrian origin, who moved to Palestine after her marriage to the Palestinian  Abdullah Al-Mani in Jerusalem. The film begins with the grandma picking grape leaves from her home garden to prepare the Palestinian dish, stuffed Grape leaves (war'a Diwali ), and the film ends after she put the Palestinian dish on the dining table. The Syrian grandmother who lives now in Jerusalem recounts her history starting from Damascus, where she was born, lived and grew up with an extended family and in one of the old Levantine houses. Then she talks about her life after she moved to Jerusalem with her husband and her first experience in preparing the Palestinians dishes. Also, She talks about her memories between Syria and Jerusalem when roads were open, and the overcrowding between Arab cities in its prime as there were no borders.
The I Wish I weren't Palestinian film describes the mixed feelings of its director after some certain circumstances that made her remain in the house. The film sheds light on the mixed feelings that girls experience at some point in their lives, whether due to their society, family, the economic or political situation. In addition, It expresses the importance of women's work and their involvement in practical life and illustrates the reality that women live in Palestine due to the political situation and the constant closure. As presented in the film, The occupation has dominated Palestinian freedoms and attempts to silence the Palestinian press to conceal the reality of the crimes that the occupation continuously commits against the Palestinians.
The Narration film by director Zina Ramadan shows the story of two friends, Reham and Zeina, one from Gaza Strip and the other from the West Bank,  who communicate via voice messages and discuss matters of their separated places. The film focuses on the story of Reham, who lives in Gaza and faces great difficulty in travelling to enrol in M.A Cinema Studies while Reham was accepted in a fully-funded scholarship in Romania. During this period, Reham sends many audio clips to Zeina through social media, discussing the options to leave Gaza from either the Erez or Rafah Border Crossing.
Moreover, the film presents the suffering of women in searching for their identity in one of the most marginalized geographical spots that full of dreamer women, who strive in every way to achieve themselves and work hard to realize their dreams despite all of the harsh circumstances that work against them.
At the end of the shows, the attendees expressed the importance of these films in spreading the reality of the Palestinians life to the outside world, and that such films enhance the Palestinian identity and express the value of sticking to the land, identity and the Palestinian Cause regardless of all the economic, social and political conditions.

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