Chicago Palestine Film Festival

April 15 - May 4

The Gene Siskel Film Center collaborates with the Chicago Palestine Film Festival to present the sixteenth annual festival representing the spirit and mood of contemporary Palestinian life. This festival is dedicated to exhibiting film and video work that is open, critical, and reflective of the culture, experience, and vision of the artists.

This year's festival is made possible in part through the support of the Crossroads Fund and the hard work of many volunteers. For their invaluable cooperation the Gene Siskel Film Center thanks the members of the Chicago Palestine Film Festival Committee.

— Barbara Scharres, Director of Programming


Opening Night film!

Personal Affairs

Omor Shakhsiya / עניינים אישיים‎‎

2016, Maha Haj, Israel, 90 min. With Maisa Abd Elhadi, Ziad Bakri.


  • Sat, Apr 15th 8:00pm
  • Fri, Apr 28th 8:00pm


2016, Heidi Saman, USA, 78 min. With Karim Saleh, Waleed Zuaiter.


  • Sun, Apr 16th 5:15pm
  • Sat, Apr 29th 8:00pm

The Idol

Arab Idol / Ya tayr el tayer

2015, Hany Abu Assad, UK/Palestine/Qatar, 100 min. With Qais Atallah, Hiba Atallah, Tawfeek Barhom.


  • Wed, Apr 19th 8:30pm

In Between

Bar Bahar / بَر بَحَر‎‎

2016, Maysaloun Hamoud, Israel/France, 96 min. With Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh, Shaden Kanboura.


  • Fri, Apr 21st 8:00pm

Love, Theft and Other Entanglements

Al-Hob wa Al-Sariqa wa Mashakel Ukhra / حب، سرقة ومشاكل أخرى

2015, Muayad Alayan, Palestine, 90 min. With Sami Metwasi, Maya Abu Alhayyat.


  • Sat, Apr 22nd 8:15pm
  • Wed, Apr 26th 8:00pm

The Occupation of the American Mind

2016, Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp, USA, 84 min


  • Sun, Apr 23rd 5:15pm
  • Thu, May 4th 8:15pm

The Seventh Summit

2016, Elia Youssef, Lebanon/Nepal/USA, 66 min.


  • Wed, May 3rd 8:00pm