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DCPFAF Commercial!

September 20, 2013 in Featured by Margaret Lowry

Thanks to WHUT for being our media sponsor and double thanks for producing this awesome commercial for DC viewers!

DCPFAF 2013 Tickets are now on sale!

September 16, 2013 in Uncategorized by Margaret Lowry


As a result of the incredible support we have had this year, we are thrilled to announce that we are able to reduce 2013 ticket prices!

For the first time, we are able to offer tickets ranging from $6-$8 and festival passes from $30-$45. At the door, tickets will be sold at a slight premium ($7-$10) so get your tickets online today!

To Purchase your tickets and passes in advance visit the Ticket Sales or Program pages.


Nation Estate

September 13, 2013 in Uncategorized by Margaret Lowry

Nation Estate by Larissa Sansour
Short, Sci-Fi | 9 min | 2012

With its glossy mixture of computer generated imagery, live actors and an arabesque electronica soundtrack, the Nation Estate film explores a veritcal solution to Palestinian statehood. Palestinians have their state in the form of a single skyscraper: the Nation Estate. One colossal high-rise houses the entire Palestinian population – now finally living the high life.

Each city has its own floor: Jerusalem on the 13th floor, Ramallah on the 14th, Sansour’s native Bethlehem on the 21st and so on. Intercity trips previously marred by checkpoints are now made by elevator. Aiming for a sense of belonging, the lobby of each floor reenacts iconic squares and landmarks.

The story follows the female lead, played by Sansour herself, in a futuristic folklore suit returning home from a trip abroad, making her way through the metro system and the lobby of the monstrous building. Having passed the security checks, she takes the elevator to the Bethlehem floor and crosses Manger Square and Church of the Nativity on her way to her apartment where she eventually prepares a plate of sci-fi tabouleh.

To learn more about the director and watch a clip of the film click here.

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September 2013 Newsletter

September 10, 2013 in Uncategorized by Margaret Lowry

Where Should the Birds Fly?

September 6, 2013 in Uncategorized by Margaret Lowry

Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Goethe-Institut, 7pm

Where Should the Birds Fly? by Fida Qishta
Documentary | 58 min | 2013

The first film about Gaza made by Palestinians living the reality of Israel’s siege and blockade of this tiny enclave. It is the story of two young women, survivors of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead. Mona Samouni, now 12 years old and the filmmaker, Fida Qishta, now 27, represent the spirit and future of Palestinians. The film is a visual documentation of the Goldstone Report. But it is so much more.  It reveals the strength and hope, the humanity and humor that flourishes among the people of Gaza. Few films document so powerfully and personally the impact of modern warfare and sanctions on a civilian population.

To learn more about the film and watch the trailer click here.


by admin

Tweetup event

August 26, 2013 in Uncategorized by admin


Do you enjoy film, art, or tweeting your witty points on cultural events? This is the MEETUP for you: #DCPFAF TWEETUP!!! Get ready to chat, view, and TWEET about the 3rd Annual DC Palestine Film and Arts Festival beginning September 28th!

DCPFAF Website:
Twtvite link:

@DCPFAF invites you to participate in this FREE event for a preview of what we have to in store for the Fall. To get psyched about our active film and arts community: let’s encourage our film fans, blogger buddies and Arab arts fans to attend. You don’t have to have a Twitter account to attend!

Connect With DCPFAF
All we ask is for you to bring a friend and attend. For those that tweet, please join our community online on Tumblr or follow the hashtag #DCPFAF.



When I Saw You

August 8, 2013 in Uncategorized by Margaret Lowry

When I Saw You by Annemarie Jacir
Feature | 93 min | 2012

Winner of Best Asian Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, Best Arab Film in Abu Dhabi and Palestine’s 2013 Oscar Entry, Annemarie Jacir’s second feature film was entirely Arab-financed with all Palestinian producers. When I Saw You takes place in 1967 Jordan when the world is alive with change: brimming with reawakened energy, new styles, music and an infectious sense of hope. In Jordan, a different kind of change is underway as tens of thousands of refugees pour across the border from Palestine. Having been separated from his father in the chaos of war, Tarek, 11, and his mother Ghaydaa, are amongst this latest wave of refugees. Placed in “temporary” refugee camps made up of tents and prefab houses until they would be able to return, they wait, like the generation before them who arrived in 1948. With difficulties adjusting to life in Harir camp and a longing to be reunited with his father, Tarek searches a way out, and discovers a new hope emerging with the times. Eventually his free spirit and curious nature lead him to a group of people on a journey that will change their lives.


Lena Seikaly Live at Bossa on July 25th!

July 22, 2013 in Uncategorized by Margaret Lowry

Mark your calendars now!

On the evening of July 25th at 8pm DCPFAF will be hosting the lovely and talented Lena Seikaly for an evening of Jazz at Bossa in Adams Morgan! Come out to show your support, help us bring you the hottest and newest Palestinian films for the third year in a row, and enter to win some festival passes!

Lena headshot (mustard wall) - Apr. 2013

Tickets are $15 at the door ($10 with you student ID)!

Come early – the first 15 people will get a free movie ticket!

We will be raffling off festival passes and two copies of Lena’s albums!

Find the event on facebook here!


Lena is a fresh voice on the national jazz scene from Washington, D.C. Dubbed as “one of Washington’s preeminent jazz singers” and “brightest voices in jazz” (The Washington Post), as well as a “major league young talent in jazz” by Duke Ellington’s biographer, Dr. John Hasse, Lena is already making her mark as both a revivalist of traditional jazz vocals, as well as an innovator in contemporary vocal jazz styles.


Support DCPFAF!

July 22, 2013 in Uncategorized by Margaret Lowry


Donate through Indiegogo!

We are pleased to announce that our 2013 festival will be held from Sep 28-Oct 5 – our longest and most ambitious program to date! It is set to include a phenomenal photography exhibit by Samar Hazboun and the highly acclaimed film When I Saw You by Annemarie Jacir, among other brand new feature-length and short Palestinian films. But we need help making this festival happen which is why we’ve launched an Indiegogo campaign for the 2013 season!

What We Need

The success of this event depends on you. Your financial support will help make this year’s festival one to remember. We hope that you will help us reach our overall goal of $20,000 by making a contribution.

Through this online campaign, we are aiming to raise $5000. Your donation will help pay for:

  • film screening rights;

  • venue costs;

  • travel and accommodations for filmmakers/artists; and

  • posters and programs

Every year we are moving closer towards sustainability: we put 100% of revenues made through our events back into the project and we are also in the process of institutionalizing our festival. We have registered as an organization in DC, and are in the process of applying for non-profit status which will help us and you, our amazing donors, in the future! While we grow, we wish to thank you in advance for this much appreciated financial contribution.

To donate follow the link in the sidebar or click here!

The Cup Reader

July 15, 2013 in Uncategorized by Margaret Lowry

The Cup Reader by Suha Araj
Short, Comedy | 12 min | 2013

Warde, shamed as a young girl yet renowned in Palestine for her mystical seeing and matchmaking lives with her sister Jaleleh and reads the fortunes of her clients. Each woman has made or will make a choice between love and marriage, not having had the luxury of both.


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