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Palestinian film opens Sundance festival
Published Friday 18/01/2013 (updated) 31/01/2013 10:13
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Director and cast member Cherien Dabis poses at the premiere of "May
in the Summer" during the opening night of the Sundance Film Festival
in Park City, Utah, Jan. 17, 2013. (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) -- The Sundance Film Festival opened on Thursday with movies and documentaries from around the world, including a feature that examines the cultural divide between the Middle East and the United States.

The 10-day Sundance Film Festival, founded by actor-director Robert Redford and now in its 35th year, will showcase 119 films from 32 countries.

"May in the Summer," the US dramatic competition opener, comes from writer-director Cherien Dabis, who caught the eye of Sundance organizers in 2009 with her directorial debut "Amreeka," about a Palestinian family's experiences living in post 9/11 America.

Palestinian-American Dabis, 36, reverses the perspective on the Middle East, showing a Jordanian woman who has established a successful life in America but undergoes an identity crisis when she returns to her family in Jordan to plan her wedding.

"May in the Summer" will join US documentary "Twenty Feet from Stardom" about back-up singers, Chilean drama "Crystal Fairy," "Who is Dayani Cristal," about a mysterious corpse found in the Arizona desert, and five short films as part of the opening day roster at the world's leading independent film festival.

"We want the kind of films that will really set the tone for the rest of the festival. Those four films do that perfectly. They're very different in what they are, but they collectively represent what's going to be unfolding over the next days," festival director John Cooper told Reuters.
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1 ) Gordon Boateng / Namibia
18/01/2013 15:21
when did the cultureless zionists yobs win anything.eurovision?

2 ) Mel / USA
18/01/2013 16:07
Bravo! Definately take the family/friends to see that! It'd be so BRAVE to see MORE US/UK/Euro/global top stars too,directing,producing,funding,starring in,more films round the US/EU circuit,focussed on the Zionist-Israeli,military,economic,occupation of Palestine since 1935-47-67-present day.And, viewed from the occupied Palestinian perspective.So,come on Clooney!Damon!Gibson!Crowe etc!Head off on a"Road Map"to Palestine &immerse yourselves in the human anthology of MODERN history PALESTINE!

3 ) Joe Fattal / USA
18/01/2013 19:00
Few month ago I seen a movie on the CMC "Classical movie channel" in the US about a girl that was in love with a man that her father object to it. I can't remember the title but it was a very beautiful made movie of a Palestinian young girl and her boyfriend. I enjoy mostly of the scenery since I haven't been there, it shows the struggle that the Palestinians have with the Israelis. There was a good end to it she finaly married her boyfriend. Very good movie.

4 ) Robert / US
19/01/2013 19:02
Should be on tv in the our country.. People need to support the movie "5 broken camIeras" its up for an oscar. deals with the Illegal Occupation

5 ) Jihane / Palestine/France
20/01/2013 16:20
Cherien Dabis' film "Amreeka" (English subtitles) with my favorite actress, Hiam Abbass (playing Muna's sister) www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyVVaXwUxgU

6 ) Mel / USA
20/01/2013 19:05
Look for this one doc 2,re:the history of ShinBet/Shabak,thru' testiments of retired Jewish/Israeli officers.Some turn-of-phrases,in this clip(below article on"5 Camera's")are telling(of mindset)"Good Catch"etc.Israeli AND US/Euro Jews sold out,what could've been an inspiring Israel-FOR ALL, to a radical Zionist power-faction!When U see radical Zionism,it's so obviously Zionist-SUPREMACIST!Shameful to Judaism!
http://mondoweiss.net/2013/01/gatekeepers-nominated-documenatry.html

7 ) Mel / USA
22/01/2013 02:24
#4:Robert:It should be airing in the spring on the two excellant,intellectual, alternative US channels(both viewer-funded&no corporate commercials: a) LinkTV channel(9410),b)FreeSpeechTV(9415) & HBO. Don't bother looking on the corporate-hasbara MSM(MoronStreamMedia)channels.

8 ) Robert / US
22/01/2013 16:51
Thanks Mel .

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
30/01/2013 01:56
'Amreeka' is on Netflix Instant Viewing at the moment.
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