Despite the absence of an established film industry in Palestine, local film-makers succeed in making high-quality fiction films.

by Peter D. Marshall

by Chloé Op de Beeck.

Despite the absence of an established film industry in Palestine, local film-makers succeed in making high-quality fiction films.

Nevertheless, feature film production in Palestine remains remarkably low. In order to evolve, Palestinian cinema needs more funding from abroad, but also from within. An improvement of education and equipment is needed and also more screening locations. In recent years, Palestinian cinema has flourished, however slowly.

Recently, interest has grown within Palestine in learning film-making, despite a lack of organizational and financial resources. Making independent films in Palestine is arduous: there’s not enough financial or institutional support for film-makers who themselves produce for an international audience. Most Palestinian fiction films are not being watched by the Palestinians: people living in Europe or the US are more likely to watch these movies.

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