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Palestinian cinema thrives in London despite festival demise

The vibrant line-up of Palestinian cinema in London this summer comes despite the surprising and somewhat mysterious suspension of the London Palestine Film Festival which, with its program of talks, exhibitions and panels, was able to place the films in a broader context.

The festival, which started out in 1998 as a student venture at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), issued a statement in late May announcing that “After 17 editions of the London Palestine Film Festival, the Palestine Film Foundation has announced that from 2015 it is suspending production of the annual film festival indefinitely.”

According to the statement, the goal of achieving enough funding to run the festival “at the standard deemed necessary” has “continued to elude the organization.”

Requests for further information from the festival organizers and from its main cash funders, the Munib Masri Foundation — named after a wealthy Palestinian entrepreneur – and international civil engineering and construction firm Consolidated Contractors, did not receive any response.

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