Nazra Palestine Short Film Festival

The winners

Nazra – Palestine Short Film Festival is pleased to announce the winners of the first edition of the Festival.

Winner in the category “Best fiction short film by a Palestinian author”
Ave Maria, for its outstanding ability to transfigure themes like occupation, suspicion and conflict into a brilliant story tinged with humor. At the same time, all the paradoxical and absurd conditions imposed on the inhabitants of the occupied territories filter through such a crazy story.

Winner in the category “Best fiction short film by an international author”
One minute, for the admirable description of a mother’s despair during the 2014 Gaza bombing, thanks to the powerful choice of a claustrophobic darkness accompanied with the sound of voices, messages and bombs – possibly the only way to tell the human side of things that are too horrible to show.

Winner in the category “Best documentary short film by a Palestinian author”
Mate superb, for the lively representation of Palestinian boys engaging in nonviolent resistance while performing their parkour exercises in Jerusalem. The feelings of protagonists are masterfully narrated using simple but effective shots coupled with an enthralling editing.

Winner in the category “Best documentary short film by an international author”
High hopes, for its remarkable ability to expose the relationship between propaganda and reality, as revealed by the shameful evacuation of a Bedouin clan during the Oslo negotiations. The pressing rhythm of the editing highlights in a merciless way the blatant contradiction between peace announcements and the criminal behaviors of the Israeli army.
Winner in the category “Better experimental short movie”
Entr’acte, for telling in an overwhelming way the killing of a child by a sniper, mixing with astonishing effectiveness animation and film quotes. The film connects the narrative dramatic force with very strong emotional involvement and pietas, alternating in a heartbreaking way the prevailing black-and-white with color flashes.

Nazra Palestine Short Film Festival

The finalists

Nazra – Palestine Short Film Festival is pleased to announce the shortlisted films participating in the first edition of the Festival.

The selected films are:

Best film – Palestinian author
Ave Maria Basil Khalil Palestine



Madam El Laila Abbas Palestine



No Exit            Mohanad Yaqubi Palestine



Paper Boat Mahmoud Abu Ghalwa Palestine



Villagers Nidal Badarny Palestine



Best film – non-Palestinian author
Ocean of Injustice Bruno De Champris United Arab Emirates 2016 11’14”
One minute Dina Naser Jordan 2015 10’28”
Setback of the Spirit    Sa’ed Arouri Jordan 2017 14’49”
Look from Palestine (Palestinian author) documentary
Mate superb Hamdi Alhroub Palestine 2013 12’58”
Naked Dreams Ramzi Maqdisi Palestine 2017 7’49”
Shujayya Mohammed Almughanni Palestine (Poland) 2015 20’00”
To My Mother Ahmad Al-Bazz & Yaser Jodallah Palestine 2014 20’00”
War Binder Malik M.Y. Sunoqrot Palestine 2017 13’00”
Look at Palestine (non-Palestinian author) documentary          
Break the siege           Giulia Giorgi Italy 2015 19’58”
High Hopes Guy Davidi Israel 2015 14′
Objector Molly Stuart USA 2016-2017 15’57”
The pianist of Yarmouk Vikram Ahluwalia U.K. 2017 13’54”
Experimental: video clips/video art/very short/other
Ayny – My second eye Ahmad Saleh Palestine/Germany/Jordan 2016 11′
Black Tape Michelle and Uri Kranot Denmark 2014 3’07”
Entr’acte Seyed Mohammad Reza Kheradmandan Iran 2016 7’19”
My Extraordinary Homeland Valerio Nicolosi Italy 2015 3’00”
One Day in July Hermes Mangialardo Italy 2015 2’15”
The Bus Trip Sarah Gampel Swiden 2016 13’40”
World on fire Jaman Daraghmeh Palestine 2016 1’56”


Nazra Palestine Short Film Festival

Presentazione di Nazra al “Mediterraneo Downtown”

Venerdì 5 maggio
ore 21.00
Centro Pecci – Sala Cinema

Mediterraneo_DowntownIn occasione della serata Med Movie Night, racchiusa nel programma di “Mediterraneo Downtown. Dialoghi-Culture-Società”, verrà presentato Nazra-Palestine Short Film Festival, il festival itinerante in molte città italiane e palestinesi, che vuole raccontare storie di diritti umani in Palestina. Durante la serata costituita da 5 documentari per scoprire nuove prospettive dal cinema mediterraneo, attraverso il linguaggio del documentario e dell’inchiesta giornalistica, si parlerà inoltre di Libia e Afghanistan, storie di diritti e riscatto con varie proiezioni fra cui “Blackness” di M. Bakri e “The Game” di L. Parisi

Per ulteriori informazioni sulla serata, cliccare qui.