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The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (DCPFAF) is a non-profit, volunteer-run annual film festival established in 2011 that showcases the work of Palestinian filmmakers and artists in Palestine and in diaspora, showcasing the range and complexity of Palestinian identities and narratives. The DCPFAF aims to bring together Washington, DC's various communities through art, catalyzing conversations about film, culture, and diaspora, utilizing the lens of Palestinian filmmakers as an entry point.



In 2011, a group of three dedicated young women founded the DCPFAF to create a platform for the artistic creativity of Palestinians, primarily through film but also through visual art, music, and other mediums. The stories shared in the DCPFAF are not necessarily about Palestine in relation to Israeli occupation and apartheid, nor are they stories necessarily about Palestinians. The aim of the DCPFAF is to reflect the dynamic formation of a transnational identity common to Palestinians and diasporic communities in general.

The DCPFAF launched in September 2011 after a successful two-day teaser festival that May. The DCPFAF, an entirely volunteer-run project, is incorporated in the District of Columbia as a non-governmental organization and a registered 501(c)3 entity.

2015 DCPFAF Program

  • The Wanted 18, by Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan
  • My Love Awaits Me by the Sea, by Mais Darwazah
  • Giraffada, by Rani Massalha
  • Hamule, by Mauricio Misle
  • Roshmia, by Salim Abu Jabal
  • Pioneer High, by Suha Araj
  • Nun wa Zaytun, by Emtiaz Diab
  • The Living of the Pigeons, by Baha' AbuShanab
  • Villa Touma, by Suha Arraf
  • Mars at Sunrise, by Jessica Habie
  • The Book of Disappearance: Arabic Literary Program with Ibtisam Azem
  • Layering Identities: From Architectural Heritage to Writing with Suad Amiry
  • Musical performance by Rahim AlHaj and the Wanees Zarour Ensemble
  • Photojournalism in Gaza with Eman Mohammed
  • 2014 DCPFAF Program

  • Condom Lead, Tarzan and Arab
  • Gaza 36mm, by Khalil Al Mozayen
  • A World Not Ours, by Mahdi Fleifel
  • Cinema Palestine, by Tim Schwab and Majdi El-Omari
  • Where Should the Birds Fly, by Fida Qishta
  • Omar, by Hany Abu-Assad
  • May in the Summer, by Cherien Dabis
  • Horizon, by Zain Duraie
  • Yalla to the Moon, by Jacqueline Reem Salloum and Suhell Nafar
  • Leaving Oslo, by Yazan Khalili
  • From Ramallah, by Assem Nasser
  • Message to Obama, by Muhannad Salahat
  • Journey of a Sofa, by Alaa Al Ali
  • Apartment 10/14, by Tarzan and Arab
  • Interference, by Amin Nayfeh
  • Oslo Syndrome, by Ayman Azraq
  • Twenty Handshakes for Peace, by Mahdi Fleifel
  • Long War, by Asma Ghanem
  • The Huda Asfour Quartet
  • Lena Seikaly and Trio
  • Stories for Justice, Visualizing Palestine exhibit
  • 2013 DCPFAF Program

  • When I Saw You, by Annemarie Jacir
  • Where Should the Birds Fly? by Fida Qishta
  • When Monaliza Smiled, by Fadi Haddad
  • Infiltrators, by Khaled Jarrar
  • Lyrics Revolt with Shannon Farhoud, Ahlene Ramadan, Melanie Fridgant, Rana Khaled Al Khatib
  • 2012 DCPFAF Program

  • The Last Friday
  • Man Without a Cell Phone
  • Nukayba
  • Gaza: Tunnels to Nowhere
  • Uncle Nashaat
  • Palestinian Innovators: Love Under Apartheid with Tanya Keilani, Mousa Kraish, and Huda Asfour
  • Yousef Erakat of FouseyTube
  • 2011 DCPFAF Program

  • This is My Picture When I Was Dead, by Mahmoud Al Massad
  • Kingdom of Women, by Dahna Abourahme
  • From Palestine With Love, by Mahasen Nasser-Eldin
  • Samia, by Mahasen Nasser-Eldin
  • The Time That Remains, by Elia Suleiman
  • Diaries, by May Odeh
  • Yousef Erakat of FouseyTube
  • Mustafa Staiti of the Freedom Theatre
  • References

    DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival Wikipedia

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