More Than Smoke/Here/Power of Generations/Donor Opium/Sacred Stones
More Than Smoke/2min
An homage to Tunisia's Mohammad Al Buazizi whose match ignited historic change, this animated short film uses some of the most unforgettable symbols of the Arab spring revolution to convey the necessity and inevitability of revolutions for defeating dictatorships and oppressive regimes.
In a barbaric political regime, who is the real prisoner the guard who reinforces the policies of the oppressor, or the one behind bars? Through the dialogue between the two, this animated short film examines the advocate for the right of civilians to demonstrate peacefully and nonviolently for basic human rights versus the enforcer.
Power of Generations/3min
Sitting alone on a bench in the middle of the desert, the world develops around a man, deserts turning into pastures, pastures into villages and eventually skyscrapers. The man watches these developments through the passing of generations until global war breaks out. Official selection and jury prize winner Gulf Film Festival 2011 and Best Foreign Mixed Media at the International Family Film Festival 2011.
Almost two decades after the Oslo Peace Agreement was signed Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are still occupied. Their government and lives are no longer sustained by various forms of popular resistance but by enormous amounts of donor aid. Close to $ 15 billion dollars has been poured into the occupied territories by mostly Western donors. This film explores the politics and the abuses of both the donors and the government and NGO's which receive the aid, how this money has been spent and why, despite this aid, Palestinians are now poorer than they were before Oslo.
Considered by many as Palestine's white petroleum, natural stone is Palestine's most highly demanded raw material. However, the Palestinian stone industry is largely held hostage to serving Israeli construction needs including building illegal settlements on Palestinian land. Inside villages, cities and refugee camps, natural stone is unearthed at maddening unsustainable rates leaving behind a wreck of environmental, social and health problems. Complaints of ordinary Palestinians lead to persecution by the Israeli occupation, fall on the deaf ears of international organizations or are merely ignored by Palestinian officials who are unable to change the course this industry has taken.
Landmark Embarcadero Center Cinema (View)
One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level
San Francisco, CA 94111