Palestine Short Film Festival in Naples – Culture

NAPLES – The Neapolitan stage of the 4th edition of the NAZRA Palestine Short Film Festival begins Wednesday in Naples and ends on November 6 in San Domenico Maggiore.

The festival is organized by the Cinema School with the artistic director Sabrian Innocenti and the coordinator Monica Macchi.

Admission is free and more information is available on the festival website:

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

Morning screenings start at 10 a.m. for two high schools involved in the festival, Elsa Morante High School in Naples and the Adriano Tilgher Institute in Ercolano, which will award the Young Jury Prize.

Public screenings will start at 4.30 p.m., after which discussions will take place with the directors in attendance.

Musical moments will take place on November 3 and 4 with Giuseppe Taranto from the group 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 November 5, the festival will organize screenings at Pozzuoli Women’s Prison, where inmates will present the Oltre le Mura (Beyond the Walls) prize.

The festival’s award ceremony will take place on 6 November at 10 a.m. in San Domenico Maggiore, with the screening 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 the VIK Italian Center for Cultural Exchange of Venezia, where the festival opens every year.

In Venice, the annual Vittorio Arrigoni prize is awarded to the film which presents the best solidarity project.

The Neapolitan stage of the festival is sponsored by the city of Naples and Amnesty International, and supported by the Campania region and the Campania Film Commission, in partnership with the Umberto High School Alumni Foundation.

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