Middle East Film Series: Palestinian Film ‘Divine Intervention’ on February 4

The Center for Middle East Studies in coordination with the Middle East Interest Group will be screening the film Divine Intervention (Palestine/Israel 2002: 90 mins) on Thursday, February 4th at 7pm. The location will be announced on the Memorial TITU. The film will commence the Spring 2010 Middle East Film Series. Directed by Palestinian director Elia Sulieman, the film comically addresses the struggles of occupation in Palestine.  The film will be screened in Arabic with English subtitles.

At the center of the Middle East conflict, hearts bear in tragic comedy and deadpan irony; a sexy young Palestinian woman defies Israeli soldiers and struts through a check-point as if it were the catwalk of a fashion show, Santa Clause is chased up the sun-drenched hills of Nazareth by a gang of knife-wielding school kids, Israeli police use a blindfold prisoner to provide directions to tourists in Jerusalem and a female ninja descends from the sky, holding the map of “Palestine” as her battle shield. These are but a few of the provocative images put forth in Elia Sulieman’s critically-acclaimed satire chronicling the absurdities of life and love on both sides of the Palestinian-Israeli border.

Divine Intervention is winner of the Chicago Film Festival’s Jury Prize and the Cannes Film Festival’s Jury Prize and Fipresci Prize.

Click here for the event flier: DivineInterventionFlier