Chicago Palestine Film Festival 2016

April 16 - May 5

The Gene Siskel Film Center collaborates with the Chicago Palestine Film Festival to present the fifteenth 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.

Barbara Scharres

This year's festival is made possible in part through the support of the Crossroads Fund and the Khaled & Noha E. Taha Foundation (KNET). For their invaluable cooperation the Gene Siskel Film Center thanks the members of the Chicago Palestine Film Festival Committee.


Opening night film!

The Idol

Arab Idol / Ya tayrel tayer

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


  • Sat, Apr 16th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Apr 20th 8:00pm


2015, Arab Nasser and Tarzan Nasser, Palestine/France/Qatar, 84 min. With Hiam Abbass, Victoria Balitska.


  • Sun, Apr 17th 5:30pm

On the Bride's Side

Io sto con la sposa

2014, Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele del Grande, and Khaled Soliman al Nassiry, Italy, 89 min.


  • Fri, Apr 22nd 8:00pm
  • Sun, Apr 24th 5:00pm

Speed Sisters

2015, Amber Fares, Palestine/USA/Qatar, 83 min.


  • Sat, Apr 23rd 8:00pm
  • Thu, Apr 28th 8:15pm


2015, Jake Witzenfeld, Israel/UK, 86 min.


  • Fri, Apr 29th 8:00pm
  • Sun, May 1st 5:00pm

Closing night film!

3000 Nights

2015, Mai Masri, Palestine/France/Jordan, 103 min. With Maisa Abd Elhadi, Nadera Omran.


  • Sat, Apr 30th 8:00pm
  • Thu, May 5th 8:00pm