Stitching Palestine

+Minnesota Premiere

Sunday, 10/1 at St Anthony Main Theatre
3:05 p.m.

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Ariane Lorrain
short / experimental
17 mins / 2016
Palestine / Canada
French and Arabic with English subtitles
Minnesota premiere


This visual poem reflects on the fragmentation of Palestine. Composed of excerpts from letters and literary works, the film’s intimate tone takes viewers on a journey from the West Bank’s hills to the Mediterranean Sea. A short distance made long by detours, checkpoints, and dead ends, Between a Garden and the Sea suffocates and liberates through word and image.

Festivals and Awards:
Boston Palestine Film Fest, US, 2016
Nominated for Best Writing, Third Culture Film Festival, Hong Kong, 2017
Festival International d’Art Féministe de Tunis, Tunisia, 2017

Ariane Lorrain is a documentary filmmaker—Quebecer and Iranian—based in Montreal. Her previous work includes the short films Blue Bird (2011) and An Arranged Marriage (2012). Her most recent film, Between a Garden and the Sea (2016), was made during a year of life in Jerusalem.

Carol Mansour
78 mins / 2017
Palestine / Jordan / Lebanon
English / Arabic with English subtitles
Minnesota premiere

Twelve Palestinian women from different social and economic backgrounds discuss their lives and memories before their departure from Palestine—before the diaspora. Using the loose frame of traditional Palestinian embroidery to begin their stories, each woman’s compelling narrative traces her steps across borders, languages, and ways of life. Some stories lead back to Palestine, while others never do. Deeply personal and beautifully edited, the larger story stitches together a unique picture of a lost homeland.

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Festivals and Awards:
Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Canada, 2017
Boston Palestine Film Festival, US, 2017

Carol Mansour is an independent documentary filmmaker and founder of Forward Film Production in Beirut, Lebanon. With over 25 years in documentary production, Mansour has covered the world from Sri Lanka to Lebanon to Uzbekistan. She has achieved international recognition and honor for her films, with over fifty film festival screenings and official selections worldwide.

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