Palestine Short Film Festival in Naples

Screening at Pozzuoli women's prison on 5 November

02 November, 16:41

    NAPLES - The Neapolitan stop of the 4th edition of the NAZRA Palestine Short Film Festival begins Wednesday in Naples, running through 6 November at San Domenico Maggiore.

    The festival is organised by Ecole Cinema with artistic director Sabrian Innocenti and coordinator Monica Macchi.

    Entrance is free, and more information is available at the festival website:

    The goal of the festival is to give the public a look at Palestine through the work of young directors who use short films as the language for transmitting topics such as freedom, justice and human rights within the delicate Israeli-Palestinian context.

    Morning screenings start at 10 am for two high schools involved in the festival, Elsa Morante high school in Naples and Adriano Tilgher institute in Ercolano, which will award the Young Jury prize.

    Public screenings start at 4:30 pm, after which talks will be held with the directors present.

    Musical moments will take place 3 and 4 November with Giuseppe Taranto of the band La Bestia Carenne.

    Fourteen short films are in competition in three categories: fiction, documentary and experimental film.

    Among the films in competition is "The Present," by Palestinian director Farah Nabulsi, winner of the 2021 BAFTA award, nominated for an Oscar in the Best Short Film category, and purchased by Netflix for its Palestinian Stories series.

    The only Italian film in competition is "Omar" by Luca Taiuti and Marco Mario De Notaris.

    On 5 November the festival will hold screenings at the Pozzuoli women's prison, where detainees will award the Oltre le Mura (Beyond the Walls) prize.

    The festival awards ceremony will take place on 6 November at 10 am at San Domenico Maggiore, with screenings of the five winning films after a speech by Riccardo Noury, spokesperson for Amnesty International Italy.

    The NAZRA Palestine Short Film Festival is an international project coordinated by the Restiamo Umani (Stay Human) Association with VIK Italian Centre for Cultural Exchange of Venezia, where the festival opens each year.

    In Venezia, the annual Vittorio Arrigoni award is given to the film that showcases the best solidarity project.

    The festival's Neapolitan stop is sponsored by the City of Naples and Amnesty International, and supported by the Region of Campania and the Campania Film Commission, in partnership with the Umberto High School Alumni Foundation.

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