The inaugural Palestinian Film Festival gets underway in Sydney thisweek and we have a double pass to the Opening Night to give away, withthanks to the festival organisers, Cultural Media.
2 Dec 2008 - 11:46 AM  UPDATED 7 Nov 2012 - 1:30 AM

The Palestinian Film Festival will take place over the next two weekends, at the Palace Norton Street Cinema, Leichhardt from December 5 – 7, and the Sidetrack Shed Theatre, Marrickville from December 13 – 14.

The Festival features a diverse collection of Palestinian films, each intended to celebrate Palestinian cultural identity as well as entertain, inform and inspire.

The Opening Night film is Laila’s Birthday, a moving and funny tale of a father determined to make it home in time to celebrate his daughter’s birthday. Abu is a Palestinian judge-turned-taxi driver who encounters a number of obstacles in his effort to pick up a present and cake for his daughter.

Other highlights of the festival include Salt of This Sea and Slingshot Hip Hop. Feature documentaries include Writers on the Borders, Edward Said on Orientalism and Reel Bad Arabs, a look at the degrading depiction of Arabs throughout the history of cinema.

'We hope that our small selection will show the quality and sophistication of the Palestinian film industry despite the difficult situation that Palestinian filmmakers have to work under," said Palestinian Film Festival Artistic Director, Sohail Dahdal.

Full details of the festival program are available at

To be in the running for a double pass to the opening night film and function, simply email us with the correct answer to the following question: What is the name of the writer/director of the opening night film?

The first person to email with the correct answer will receive a double pass to attend the event on Friday 5 December at 7:30pm in the Palace Norton Street cinema complex. Please enter only if you are able to make it to the event. The winner will be notified by return email.