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Israeli and Palestinian films share the screen on Day 5 at Socially Relevant™ Film Festival NY 2018

Nazmiyyeh_Salem in Stitching Palestine
-- Low-budget film production workshop hosted by SAG-AFTRA starts day
-- NY Loves Film - Governor's Office for Film roundtable before screenings

NEW YORK - March 16, 2018 - EntSun -- [NEW YORK, NY] SR Socially Relevant Film Festival 2018 (SRFF 2018) brings in its Fifth Season with 70 international and local films, industry workshops and panels, and other events dedicated to social issues and the filmmakers that highlight them. SRFF 2018 will be held from March 16 to 22, 2018 at Cinema Village and neighboring venues. Tickets are available on the website.

PALESTINIAN FILMS - Official Selection
N.Y. PREMIERE
Hotel Everest
Claudia Sobral
USA | 2017 | 39 min

Filmed over a tumultuous two-year period, the film follows the efforts and relationship between two unlikely peace activists: Eden Fuchs, a retired Israeli army colonel, and Ibrahim Issa, a Palestinian born in a refugee camp, are joined by the Idahoan founders of the Centre for Emerging Futures, Whit and Paula Jones at the Hotel Everest.

Trailer: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x64txiw
Screens on Tuesday, March 20, at 9:30 pm.
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N.Y.  PREMIERE
Stitching Palestine
Carol Mansour
Lebanon | 2017 | 78 min
Arabic and English with English subtitles

Twelve resilient, determined and articulate Palestinian women sit and talk of their lives before the Diaspora, of their memories, and of their identity. Their narratives are intertwined by the enduring thread of the ancient art of embroidery that stitches together the story of their homeland.

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Trailer: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x64twsj
Screens on Tuesday, March 20, at 7:30 pm.
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Objector
Molly Stuart
USA | 2017 | 16 min

As a 19-year-old Israeli, Atalya is obligated to enlist in the armed forces. But she has witnessed military rule in the occupied Palestinian territories – a reality that most other young Israelis never experience – and one that leads her to become a conscientious objector.

Trailer: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6782nv
Screens on Tuesday, March 20, at 9:30 pm.
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WORLD PREMIERE
Youth Local Councils: A Palestinian Movement for Civic Engagement
Keenan Newman & Ben Henretig & Adam Warmington
USA | 2017 | 6 min 25 s

Meet Lana Abu-Hijleh, a development expert and civil engineer who experienced first-hand the tragedies of conflict, and who founded a model of youth civic engagement that is spreading from the West Bank across the globe.

Screens on Tuesday, March 20, at 9:30 pm.
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Among the other 66 Officially Selected films to be screened in the heart of Greenwich Village, are a diverse mix of five narrative features, 13 documentaries, 38 shorts, 10 VR/360º films and more. There is also a script-writing contest and readings of excerpts from finalist scripts. The films represent 35 countries. Visit www.ratedsrfilms.org for schedules, film synopses, and filmmaker bios.

Festival Founder and Artistic Director Nora Armani says "We are proud to reach our fifth annual edition. Our dedication is first and foremost to the filmmaker whose work will otherwise not be seen on major screens. We advocate those filmmakers who choose to tell socially relevant stories instead of resorting to violence and commercial choices."

The festival is proud to be supported by The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (https://lmcc.net/), Fairways Law Firm - Paris (http://www.fairwayavocats.com/en/cabinet/), in addition to sponsorships from theGerman Consulate General of New York (https://www.germany.info/us-en/embassy-consulates/newyork), The Dutch Consulate General (https://www.netherlandsworldwide.nl/countries/united-states/about-us/consulate-general-in-new-york), and other organizations. Industry partners and sponsors include Cinema Libre Studio (http://cinemalibrestudio.com/), Candy Factory (http://candyfactoryfilms.com/), InkTip (https://www.inktip.com/), Final Draft (https://www.finaldraft.com/), Resolution rentals (https://www.resolutionrentals.com/) and more. Award trophies are by Michael Aram (http://www.michaelaram.com/nsite/home.aspx?utm_source=ppc&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=brand&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI58WIqYyS2QIVRrjACh1DFwFdEAAYASAAEgJ8uvD_BwE). Hospitality partners areVillanelle Restaurant (http://www.villanellenyc.com/), Doux Supperclub (https://douxsupperclub.com/), and La Colombe Coffee (https://www.lacolombe.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0bq-y4yS2QIVibrACh1tQQVVEAAYASAAEgIHyfD_BwE).

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ABOUT SR SOCIALLY RELEVANT FILM FESTIVAL NY

SR Socially Relevant ™ Film Festival New York is a 501(c) 3 non-profit film festival founded by actress Nora Armani. The Mission of the SR Film Festival is to shine the spotlight on filmmakers who tell compelling, socially relevant™, human interest stories, across a broad range of social issues. The festival was created as a response to the proliferation of violence and violent forms of storytelling in media and entertainment. During its first four years, the festival showcased 207 films from 35 countries. Submissions are received from all over the world.

For more information about SRFF 2018 events and sponsors, as well as past festival editions, visitwww.ratedsrfilms.org.

For interviews with visiting and local filmmakers as well as to preview films contact PR Liaison Armen Spendjian at A.L.Spendjian@gmail.com

Contact
Armen Spendjian
***@pemart.org


Source: SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival New York

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