dc palestinian film + arts festival october 5-8
@ studio theatre

1501 14th St NW DC 20005




storytelling //  PALESTINIANS, LIVE!


Friday, October 6 @ Studio Theatre
In partnership with Palestinians Podcast, the seventh DCPFAF will feature a live storytelling event with 5-8 Palestinian performers local to Washington, DC. Palestinians, Live! will be an evening celebrating the timeless Palestinian art of storytelling that has sustained our people at home and in exile for centuries. Told without notes and from the heart, the stories create a connection between the storyteller and audience that is raw and emotional.


Do you have a true and compelling story?

Apply to tell it at Palestinians, Live! 
Application deadline: August 28


spotlight artist // CHERIEN DABIS

Saturday, October 7 @ Studio Theatre
Cherien Dabis is a renowned Palestinian American filmmaker (May in the Summer, 2013, Amreeka, 2008) screenwriter, director, and television producer (Empire, FOX and Quantico, ABC). In 2009, she was named by Variety on its list of “10 Directors to Watch.” Her work has been featured at Sundance, the Cannes Film Festival, and the Zurich Film Festival. On the evening of October 7,  Dabis will share her work with DCPFAF festival goers, who will have the opportunity to engage her in a Q&A session.



special performance // DABKE IS LIFE

Sunday, October 8 @ Studio Theatre
Ahmed Hamad and Hamza Allaham choreograph, score, film, and produce a series of dabke performances in public spaces. Their first video, shot in the Chicago CTA tunnels, went viral. Now, the duo design and teach dabke workshops for a variety of audiences around the country. Hamad and Allaham will close out the 2017 DCPFAF with a hybrid dance performance and screenings of Allaham’s experimental films.