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Rashid Masharawi, the director, has announced a new project for Palestinian filmmakers called the Film Fund. He has also announced a new film that he will be working on.
Rashid Masharawi, the director, has announced a new project for Palestinian filmmakers called the Film Fund. He has also announced a new film that he will be working on.

Rashid Masharawi, the director, has announced a new project for Palestinian filmmakers called the Film Fund. He has also announced a new film that he will be working on.

Art has the ability to advocate for political movements. This is evident in various instances across the globe, including the works of Palestinian director Rashid Masharawi (“Attente”, “Tension”), who shares this perspective by stating that “cinema plays a crucial role in supporting and showcasing the culture and identity of people everywhere.” In light of the ongoing war in Palestine, Masharawi highlights the significance of cinema as a means to bring awareness to the cause and reach a large audience, both within and beyond Palestine. He also acknowledges the artistic merit of films that have been featured in international festivals, rather than solely focusing on their political stance. Masharawi has consistently demonstrated his support for Palestinian cinema, such as through his various projects and the cultural center that unfortunately fell victim to the ongoing conflict.

To put his words into action, he has created a fund to assist cinema and filmmakers in Gaza. This fund aims to support a new generation of young filmmakers who have countless stories from their experiences during the war. Masharawi adds, “As filmmakers, our identity cannot be taken away. It is shaped by our history, language, culture, and traditions, all of which are captured in cinema. While the occupation may harm people and destroy buildings, it cannot erase our identity.” He also believes that cinema can offer a different perspective of his homeland, one that differs from the portrayal often seen in the media.

He is simultaneously advocating for and backing the movement through his upcoming projects. His first project, a documentary on the ongoing war, is currently in progress. Additionally, his next film, “Ephemeral Dreams,” is nearly complete. The film follows the journey of a Palestinian boy searching for his lost bird, traveling from Bethlehem to Jerusalem and Jaffa. Along the way, he encounters checkpoints and a wall, witnessing the suffering caused by the occupation. He also discusses his future plans for a feature film centered on the current conflict.