Over 60 Films About Israel/Palestine You Can Watch for Free

JVP Boston has 60+ films to lend for free in our ever-expanding film library. We have some unforgettable films—both documentaries and fiction. Our films are licensed for personal use and to show to small groups. And what better time than now to gather people together for a film and discussion when community is so vital in sustaining us in this work?

So, how and why did we begin? We wanted to nourish and educate the activist community — but with no agenda, no meeting, no expectations. We settled on Sunday night films as a good way to do that. We bring activists together, welcome newcomers, provide a venue for terrific films and help grow the movement.

We have a wide array of films — occasionally with the director in attendance — and share good food and good discussions. With seven years of experience, we’ve learned how to frame fruitful discussions, and encourage people to become active in JVP.

We hope you will borrow films from our film library and invite friends to watch with you.  To borrow a film, first read the guidelines below, then email us at jvpboston@gmail.com.

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One JVP chapter returned a film with a note saying that it had been passed from person to person in their chapter. Another just wrote, “Great service! We will be making more requests in the near future.”

Our films have traveled throughout the U.S. and beyond. A couple of examples:

We recently sent films to a Presbyterian church in Texas. A small group will screen them to decide the ones they want to show; they will then pay the distributer the fee for a large audience who will attend their 4th annual film festival. Here’s what they wrote:

This will be our 4th Annual Film Festival and we’ve found that in addition to providing some info to our typical Caucasian neighbors, the film festivals provide an important way for Palestinians in our area to meet and reconnect. We usually show 3 films over 2 days, with Skype, discussions and a free soup supper that is a wonder to behold. We serve 10 – 15 different soups…

In 2015, ten films went to Istanbul with Gabe and Theresa, volunteers who worked at Ad.Dar – “Home” – for those who had fled their homes in Syria. They wrote:

Ad.Dar is an unpretentious five rooms on the fourth floor of an old building housing various humanitarian organizations in the central part of the city. Begun by Syrians (and Palestinians whose families have been in Syria since 1948 or the 1963 expulsions), Ad.Dar offers a place for children, older teens and those in their early 20s to find community.  Film on Friday nights has been part of this; together we viewed and discussed The Gatekeepers, Where Should the Birds Fly?, 5 Broken Cameras, and several others.

We hope that you are intrigued and interested in seeing what the film library has to offer. In addition, we’ve organized the films by category to make choosing the right film for your group an easier process.

Guidelines

  • Watch the trailer before ordering a film.
  • Consider your audience: These films can sometimes depict graphic violence and despair. However, the resilience and determination of the Palestinian people is almost always present as well.
  • In all cases, these films are licensed for in-home viewing. If you’d like to show them in a larger venue, you must contact the distributor of the film.
  • We appreciate film suggestions and donations to our film fund. Many of the films we have were given to us. If you are similarly moved to send us something that, in your view, is mandatory viewing, we will be grateful.
  • We ask that you mail them back to us within a month, unless we have made another arrangement. If you keep the envelope, you can just put on the SAME amount of postage and pop it in the mailbox. (More instructions will be sent with the film.) If you lose or damage the film, you are responsible for replacing it. Most of our films cost about $25.
  • Although not required, we would love to know how your audience reacted to the film; this will help us guide others.
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to send films outside of the United States.

We would be glad to talk with you about the films! Email us at jvpboston@gmail.com and we’ll arrange a time to talk.

For JVP Boston,

Pam Rogers and Diana Digges

PS: If you have film suggestions, or if you want to donate a film, let us know! Contact us at jvpboston@gmail.com If it would be helpful, we’d also be glad to set up a time to talk on the phone.



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