Festival Blog Day 6: A stunning start to the new week!
After a jam-packed festival weekend, Birds Eye View kicked off the final part of #BEV2013 with a documentary extravaganza at Hackney and BFI. A sell-out screening and panel discussion for the powerful GAZA CALLING and an evening of artistic exploration with I am Dora, we certainly know how to shake off the Monday back-to-work blues!
Festival Day 6 kicked off the new week in style, with the sell-out UK premiere of Nahed Awwad’s GAZA CALLING at BFI Southbank. A moving and powerfully crafted insight into the life of a families cut off between Gaza and the West Bank, Nahed’s documentary drew astonishment at its content and applause for her extraordinary craft from a packed house. Chairing the post-screening discussion, William Parry of Medical Aid for Palestinians spoke of the film’s depiction of death “not by violence but by a thousand papercuts; it’s expose of the bureaucracy of occupation” and the horrors committed in the name of paperwork. You can follow the latest news about the film on Facebook here - and huge thanks to the Palestine Film Festival and AFAC for their support with presenting the film at BEV.
Over at Hackney Picturehouse we finished off our brief East London festival trip with a special screening of Rania Stephan’s beautifully layered film star portrait THE THREE DISAPPPEARANCES OF SOAD HOSNI, presented in partnership with I am Dora. The Dora team produced a beautiful set of bespoke programme artwork based on interviews with the director (available as a standalone work – more info here), with Jemma Desai introducing the event as well.
And with the Festival closing on Wednesday we’re already sold out in advance for half the remaining events, with just a few tickets still on sale for two events: a special Arab edition of our FASHION LOVES FILM strand at the ICA on Tue 9 April, including Cannes-winning documentary DoBuy: The Fabric of Faith (read more about this insightful doc in our special ICA blog) and our fabulous Closing Night Gala film, the sweeping, poetic and inspiring romance HABIBI (DARLING, SOMETHING’S WRONG WITH YOUR HEAD) on Wed 10 April at BFI Southbank.
With so many of the Festival events selling out, you should get in quick for the last few tickets to these unique events!