The essay explores the challenges Palestinian filmmakers confront to develop a cinema that gives expression to the national narrative. The research is based on collaborative work to research and screen Palestinian films involving Film Lab Palestine, Sheffield Palestine Cultural Exchange and Sheffield Hallam University as part of the Creative Interruptions research project ( We explored the political, economic and cultural factors that impact on Palestinian film production and some of the barriers encountered in profiling and screening Palestinian films in Britain.

Table of contents

1. Introduction
2. The struggle to develop a national cinema
3. The experience of Filmlab Palestine
4. Visualising the Palestinian Past
5. Roadblocks, borders and hostile environments
6. Public understanding of Israel/Palestine in the UK and its impact on the screening and reception of Palestinian films
7. The Palestinian short film
8. Conclusion

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