Palestinian Film Festival Australia

Palestinian Film Festival Australia

From the award-winning documentary Ghost Hunting where ex-prisoners re-enact nightmarish interrogation memories, to political hip-hop feature Junction 48, and Australian documentary From Under the Rubble, the Palestinian Film Festival Australia returns this year with a program that celebrates the life, art and culture of Palestine and its people.

Five documentaries, two features and five short films will screen in Brisbane from 17 – 19 November. Tickets to the Festival are on sale now.

The reflective documentary, Stitching Palestine will open the Festival. Stitching Palestine delves into the lives and identities of 12 high-powered Palestinian women, with the stitching of a piece of embroidery progressing as they tell their stories, linking one to another.


  • Junction 48 sets the Israel-Palestine conflict to a hip-hop soundtrack as Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar stars as a version of himself, dreaming of hip-hop stardom whilst facing Israeli bigotry.
  • Personal Affairs is the charming directorial debut for Maha Haj. The film centres on the relationships and tensions of an extended family, dispersed across multiple borders.


  • From Under the Rubble, is an Australian feature-length film and explores the ongoing psychological damage and trauma faced by women and children after enduring years of conflict.
  • Ghost Hunting won the Glashutte Original Documentary Award at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival and has generated buzz all over the world for its inventive and controversial style of storytelling. The film follows a group of Palestinian ex-prisoners who share their stories by re-enacting the nightmarish memories of their own interrogations.
  • Off Frame aka Revolution Until Victory explores the Palestinian revolutionary period of the late 1960s and early 1970s through archival and old movie footage from the time. The film depicts the shift in the way Palestinian began to think of themselves: from refugee to freedom fighter.
  • Looted and Hidden – Palestinian Archives in Israel exposes, for the first time, Palestinian materials that were plundered and erased from the public sphere by Israel and for many years were considered lost.
  • Emwas: Restoring Memories is a personal film that follows director, Dima Abu Ghoush and her efforts to rebuild a scale model of her demolished hometown from the memories of its people.


Accompanying the program will be five incredible international shorts. Highlights include: A Man Drowning which was nominated for the Palme d’Or – Best Short Film at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and In Defense of the Rocket which charts the rise and fall of the Middle East peace process in photos to the rhythms of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony.

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