Palestinian Film Festival in Brisbane soon


PACSI [Palestinian Arts Culture & Sports Inc] is proud to be partnering with Sydney based Cultural Media to bring the national Palestinian Film Festival Australia (2012) to Brisbane. The Festival will be located at the popular Palace Centro cinema, 39 James Street, Fortitude Valley during 30 November – 2 December 2012.

Listeners can book early and secure their seats by phone on (07) 3852 4488 or online at:

Opening night from 6PM on Friday, 30 November 2012, will feature live entertainment, food by Arabellas (West End restaurant) and Palestinian olive oil products by Perfect Potion. Local community group, Just Peace Queensland , is also supporting the Festival locally. Nightly session tickets are $17.50 (adult), $14 (concession) and $11 (child).

Now in its fourth year, the Palestinian Film Festival comes to Brisbane for the first time and offers Australian audiences the rare opportunity to watch films from and about Palestine. The theme of this year’s Festival is ‘Visit Palestine‘ and among the film line up in Brisbane are three key highly anticipated features:

  1. heart warming comedy, Man without a Cell Phone, which screens with short films ‘First Lesson’ and ‘No News(starts 7pm Friday, but come early for opening night from 6 PM),
  2. the confronting, Tears of Gaza, which screens with short film ‘Yala to the Moon(starts 6:30pm Saturday)
  3. the romantic story, Love during Wartime, which screens with short film ‘My Neighbourhood’ (starts 6:30 pm Sunday).

These are specially selected films that are guaranteed to challenge, inform, delight and surprise.

This three day event will provide Brisbane based cinema patrons with the opportunity to experience the rich tapestry, complexity and diversity of Palestinian life and culture. PACSI is hosting the Festival in Brisbane and will organise the Brisbane opening night event, ticket pre-sales, advertising and promotional activities.

Cultural Media’s Director, Naser Shakhtour says about the Festival, ‘This year’s theme is simple yet heartfelt: Visit Palestine. Many of us have a connection to Palestine. For some, it may be historical, ancestral or spiritual. For others, it may be political, humanitarian or educational. Whatever your interest may be, join us on a cinematic journey of unforgettable imagery and creative, thought-provoking storytelling.’.

Cultural Media’s Festival project can be supported with tax deductable donations, through their fundraising webpage at:

The festival commences in Sydney (8-11 November) before travelling to Melbourne (16-18 November), Perth (23-25 November) and Brisbane (30 November-2 December).

The Palestinian Film Festival can be seen at Palace Cinemas in select cities across Australia. In Sydney, the festival will be at the Palace Norton Street, in Melbourne at Kino Cinemas, in Perth at Cinema Paradiso and Brisbane at Palace Centro Cinemas.

We hope you will join us at the Festival.

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