CEPAL and SPHR are proud to present the 2009 Palestinian Film Festival.
The festival will feature two films, “The Children of Ibdaa” and “Tale of the Three Jewels.”

Admission is by donation and ALL proceeds will go towards CEPAL’s 2009 Summer Program in Lebanon. For more information, go to http://www.cepal.ca

Ottawa event:

Saturday, April 25, 2009
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Montpetit Hall, room 203
125 University
Ottawa, ON

Toronto event:

Saturday, May 2, 2009
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Room LIB72 – Ryerson University Library Building
350 Victoria Street, Toronto

Montreal event:

Date:     Thursday, May 7, 2009
Time:     6:30pm – 9:30pm
Room 26, Lealock Buidling – McGill
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC

Admission is 5$-10$ (pay what you can) and ALL proceeds will go towards
CEPAL’s 2009 Summer Program in Lebanon. For more information, go to


The Children Of Idbaa: To Create Something Out of Nothing is about the lives of several adolescents in a Palestinian children’s dance troupe from Dheisheh refugee camp in the West Bank. They use their performance to express the history, struggle, and aspirations of the Palestinian people, specifically the fight to return to their homeland.
* Golden Gate Award Winner – Best Documentary Short, San Francisco International Film Festival, 2003
* Visionary Documentary – Arab Cultural Center, San Francisco 2002
* Special Honor – Tehran International Short Film Festival, 2003

From acclaimed director Michel Khleifi, Tale of the Three Jewels is the first feature ever filmed in the Gaza Strip. Screened in the Director’s Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival in 1995, Tale of the Three Jewels effectively utilizes the grim backdrop of the war-ravaged Gaza Strip as contrast for Michel Khleifi’s whimsical story of romantic longing and the power of imagination.
* Selected! Director’s Fortnight – Cannes Film Festival
* Winner! Golden Butterfly – Isfahan Children’s Film Festival
* Winner! Grand Prix – Nantes Film Festival
* Winner! Prix des Elèves Francophones – Film Festival Raga

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