The Oxford Palestine Film Season is a series of lectures, film screenings and discussions delivered by the brightest visions and most significant voices in Palestinian filmmaking and scholarship. The first event of its kind in Oxford, it takes place over the course of October and November in various venues across the University, and features exclusive lectures and screenings from filmmakers and scholars based around the world, who will be brought together for the Season. The Season seeks to emphasize the importance of scholarly discussion and dialogue in the task of generating awareness and understanding of Palestinian cinema. According to this ethos, filmmakers and scholars will speak alongside one another during the Season, and all events will include opportunities for audience contribution and discussion.

Attendance Information

The Season is inspired not only by freedom of thought and expression, but also of access: all events are free and open to the public. This also means that the events are unticketed, so seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. All events will run from 5-7pm, and will include a drinks reception at the end of the session. Please consult the Programme and Venue information for details of the events.

The Organizing Committee

Karim Mattar is an AHRC-funded doctoral candidate in English at Oxford.  His thesis, supervised by Professor Elleke Boehmer, is entitled ‘The Middle Eastern Novel in English: Literary Transnationalism after Orientalism’.  He has published articles on related issues in the Postcolonial Studies Association Newsletter (10, 2012) and Interventions (14.4, 2012), and is currently co-editing a special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing on ‘The Global Checkpoint’ (50.1, 2014).





Anna Ball is Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies at Nottingham Trent University. Her research explores questions of gender, agency and self-representation in Middle Eastern literature, film and visual culture, and her monograph, Palestinian Literature and Film in Postcolonial Feminist Perspective, was published with Routledge in August 2012. With Patrick Williams, she is co-editing a Special Issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing on ‘Palestine and the Postcolonial’. She has also curated an exhibition of Palestinian video art inspired by Mahmoud Darwish’s work, entitled ‘Presenting Absence: Moving Images of Palestine’, which runs at the Bonington Gallery in Nottingham from 8th October.





Mohamed-Salah Omri is Lecturer in Modern Arabic Literature and Tutorial Fellow of St. John’s College at the University of Oxford. He has also taught at Washington University in St. Louis in the US and University of Exeter in Britain, where he was Director of the Centre for Mediterranean Studies. His publications include: Trade and cultural exchange in the early modern Mediterranean: Braudel’s maritime legacy (London: I.B. Tauris, 2010) in collaboration with Maria Fusaro and Colin Heywood; Nationalism, Islam and World Literature: sites of confluence in the writings of Mahmud al-Mas’adi (London and New York: Routledge, 2006); The Novelization of Islamic Literatures: the intersections of Western, Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Turkish Traditions, a special issue of Comparative Critical Studies (4:3 (2007); and two books with Professor Abdeljalil Temimi. Dr. Omri also writes occasional interventions in the culture and politics of Tunisia, the Maghreb and the Mediterranean more widely.



Sponsorship and Support

The Oxford Palestine Film Season would not have been possible without the immense generosity of a number of organizations and individuals. The Organizers would like to thank the Oriental Institute, the English Faculty, the Middle East Centre and St John’s College at the University of Oxford; the School of Arts and Humanities at Nottingham Trent University; and the individual sponsors who wish to remain anonymous, for all of their kind contributions. Thank you, also, to the Palestine Film Foundation for their support with publicity for the Film Season.

The Oxford Palestine Film Season is the first event in an ongoing series of collaborative scholarly projects that seek to explore and to support Palestinian cultural production. If you would like to find out more about forthcoming activities, including how you might be involved or could support these projects, please email the Organizing Committee at info@oxpalfilmseason.org.uk.


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