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Short Films for a Free Palestine

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Short Films for a Free Palestine

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BUEU, Pontevedra. May 29, 2024. One of the short films tells the story of Layla, a girl who imagines her native Palestine from the refugee camp where she lives abroad. In another short film, the elderly Oum Amin virtually revisits the city of Haifa in Gaza, where she was born and raised before the Israeli occupation. These are the plots of two of the five Palestinian short films that FICBUEU will screen on Thursday, June 13 at the Centro Social do Mar in Bueu (8:30 PM).

All proceeds will be donated to the NGO Medical Aid for Palestinians, which provides healthcare to the population of the Gaza Strip. Tickets for this charity event are priced at 3 euros and are available for purchase on the FICBUEU website. Additionally, from the same online store where the charity tickets are sold, those who wish to do so can also make a donation even if they are not attending. There will be a product specifically for donations: people can choose how much money they want to donate to support the victims in Gaza, even if they are not attending the screening.

The Bueu International Film Festival (FICBUEU) decided, in response to the invasion of Gaza, to exclude from its next edition any film that received public funding from Israel or any public or private entity that supports the genocide of the Palestinian people. FICBUEU will celebrate its 17th edition from September 6 to 21. As every year, short films from around the world will compete in its official section.

For the charity session of Palestinian short films on June 13, the Compostela-based cooperative Numax was responsible for the selection of the works, facilitating the logistics of the copies, and subtitling the shorts into Galician. The anthology was created from the catalog of Another Gaze, a digital and print information platform focused on cinema and feminism, which is also part of the project through which FICBUEU has organized this charity session since its inception.

Five Palestinian perspectives

Four of the shorts that will be screened are productions from the last decade.

Road to Palestine is from 1985. Directed by Layaly Badr, it tells the story of a girl named Layla: she arrived at the refugee camp after being wounded in an Israeli bombing in Gaza that killed her father. She and her friends in the camp imagine what their unknown country will be like.

In The White Elephant (2018), Shuruq Harb portrays a Palestinian teenager in the 1990s using Israeli pop culture as a mirror. The film uses images shared online by Israeli soldiers during the Gulf War, the First Intifada, and trance music gatherings.

Your Father Was Born a 100 Years Old, And So Was the Nakba, directed by Razan AlSalah in 2017, tells the story of the elderly Oum Amin virtually exploring her native Haifa. The film was released in 2017.

The Silent Protest: Jerusalem 1929 was directed by Mahasen Nasser-Eldin in 2019. It revives the history of a mobilization led by 300 women from across Palestine who went to Jerusalem in 1929 to protest against the British High Commissioner of the time.

The program is completed by Electrical Gaza (2015). In this film, director Rosalind Nashashibi depicts the Gaza Strip as a myth: isolated, timeless, almost inaccessible, and extremely tense.

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THE SECOND FICBUEU RESIDENCY WILL BE MENTORED BY FILMMAKER ESTIBALIZ URRESOLA

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Carmen Ávalos, Tábata Cerezo, Lucía Delgado, and Beli Martínez complete the teaching staff

Bueu 06/05/2024 —  The II edition of the FICBUEU Residency, which will take place during the month of October, announces today the team of professionals who will accompany the residents during their stay on Ons Island. The training program, dedicated to the comprehensive treatment of short films in their development stage, will once again feature different prestigious figures from the film industry, who will personally accompany and mentor each project.

This time, the training team will be led by director and screenwriter Estibaliz Urresola as a mentor. Graduated in Audiovisual Communication from the University of the Basque Country and in Film Editing from the ECIT, her debut film, 20,000 especies de abejas, screened during the last edition of FICBUEU, was awarded at this year’s Goya Awards for Best New Direction and Best Original Screenplay. Throughout a week, the Basque director will conduct individual sessions with each of the authors for the review of the works and their progress.

In addition to individual tutorials and group exchange spaces with Urresola, the residents will have access to three specific training sessions on different subjects to strengthen their projects: gender perspective scriptwriting taught by Carmen Ávalos. Doctor, screenwriter, and anthropologist with extensive experience in film and teaching. She has conducted various seminars and courses on writing scripts with a gender perspective, being a reference at the national level; the importance of intimacy coordination on set by IntimAct (Tábata Cerezo and Lucía Delgado). Founded in 2021, IntimAct becomes a pioneering project in intimacy coordination in Spain, being among the first professionals certified as such in our territory; and first steps after finishing a script, taught by Beli Martínez. Doctor in Audiovisual Communication and founding producer of Filmika Galaika, she becomes one of the main promoters of Novo Cinema Galego.

Estibaliz Urresola
IntimAct
Beli Martínez
Carmen Ávalos

After completing the program, the organization will once again select one of the participating scripts for its development and production, which will be carried out through a collaboration agreement with a Galician production company.

The proposal reception period is now open and will extend until May 15. All information and documentation regarding the call is available on the website www.ficbueu.com/residencia

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    BUEU, Pontevedra. May 29, 2024. One of the short films tells the story of Layla, a girl who imagines her native Palestine from the refugee camp where she lives abroad. In another short film, the elderly Oum Amin virtually revisits the city of Haifa in Gaza, where she was born and raised before the Israeli […]

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