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What to Watch: Palestine Recommended Media

CODEPINK has compiled a list of movies, tv shows, interviews and media that will educate, inspire and activate us to take action for a FREE Palestine! Get some popcorn and friends and let's watch!

The Right To Boycott

The Right To Boycott is a short film produced by the Freedom2Boycott New York State Coalition, now available online! The 5-minute video sounds the alarm on laws intended to take away Americans’  First Amendment right to boycott Israel. As masses throughout the US and around the world are organizing to put pressure on the Israeli government to end its assault and siege of Gaza, the struggle to defend the right to boycott is more crucial than ever.

5 Broken Cameras (2011)

Winner of a 2012 Sundance Film Festival award and the 2013 International Emmy Award. Nominated for a 2013 Academy Award.
When his fourth son, Gibreel, is born, Emad, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. In his village, Bil’in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers start to resist this decision. For more than five years, Emad films the struggle, which is led by two of his best friends, alongside filming how Gibreel grows. Very soon it affects his family and his own life. Daily arrests and night raids scare his family; his friends, brothers and himself are either shot or arrested. One camera after another is shot at or smashed. Each of the 5 cameras tells part of his story.

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Farha (1 hr 31min)

After persuading her father to continue her education in the city, a Palestinian girl's dream is shattered by the harrowing developments of the Nakba.

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The Occupation of the American Mind (NR, 85 mins)

Narrated by legendary musician and activist Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame and featuring leading experts on American media, the film looks at efforts by the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and pro-Israel pressure groups to shape positive news coverage of Israel and deflect attention away from its prolonged military occupation of Palestinian territory.

Learn more, watch the trailer, and purchase the film online at the film’s website.

Where Should the Birds Fly (NR, 58 mins)

Where Should the Birds Fly is the first film about Gaza made by Palestinians living the reality of Israel’s siege and blockade of this tiny enclave. It is the story of two young women, survivors of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead. Mona Samouni, now 12 years old and the filmmaker, Fida Qishta, now 27, represent the spirit and future of Palestinians.The film is a visual documentation of the Goldstone Report. But it is so much more. It reveals the strength and hope, the humanity and humor that flourishes among the people of Gaza. Few films document so powerfully and personally the impact of modern warfare and sanctions on a civilian population.The film itself breaks the blockade. Filmmakers in Gaza have never had the opportunity to make a full-length, professional documentary of their reality. Fida Qishta, born and raised in Rafah, Gaza, began her filmmaking career as a wedding videographer, and soon moved on to working with international human rights observers in Gaza, documenting day to day life under siege. Her commentary on the siege was published in The International Herald Tribune. Her video reports of Operation Cast Lead were published widely including in the UK newspaper The Guardian and in their weekly news magazine, The Observer.

Learn more, watch the trailer, and purchase an online version of the film at the film’s website.

Gaza Fights For Freedom

This debut feature film by Abby Martin, in collaboration with Palestinian journalists, shows you Gaza’s protest movement like you’ve never seen before. Filmed during the height of the Great March of Return protests, it features riveting footage of the ongoing demonstrations against the Israeli siege. The documentary tells the story of Gaza past and present, showing rare archival footage that explains the history never acknowledged by mass media. You hear from victims of the sniper massacre, including journalists, medics and the family of internationally-acclaimed paramedic Razal al-Najjar. At its core, GAZA FIGHTS FOR FREEDOM is a comprehensive indictment of the Israeli military for war crimes, and a stunning cinematic portrayal of Palestinians’ heroic resistance. 

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The Wanted 18

Palestinians in Beit Sahour start a local dairy farm during the First Intifada as a form of nonviolent resistance, hiding a herd of 18 cows from Israeli occupation forces when the dairy collective was deemed a “threat to Israeli national security” in an attempt to squash the resistance. 

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Jenin Jenin

A documentary film of the events that took place in the Jenin refugee camp in April 2002, as this massacre was part of a comprehensive invasion of the Israeli occupation on the West Bank, and through which it aimed to eliminate the Palestinian armed groups resisting the occupation, where Jenin witnessed the fiercest battles, during which he was martyred 50 Palestinians and dozens of homes were destroyed in the camp, while the occupation admitted the killing of 23 soldiers from its side.

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When two young American Jews raised to unconditionally love Israel witness the brutal way Israel treats Palestinians, their lives take sharp left turns.

They join a movement of young American Jews battling the old guard to redefine Judaism’s relationship with Israel, revealing a deepening generational divide over modern Jewish identity.

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