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The 18th Annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival

April 20 - May 2

From April 20 through May 2, the Gene Siskel Film Center collaborates with the Chicago Palestine Film Festival to present the eighteenth 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


Opening night film!



2018, Bassam Jarbawi, Palestine/USA/Qatar, 108 min.
With Ziad Bakri, Areen Omari


  • Sat, Apr 20th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Apr 25th 8:00pm

The Tower

2018, Mats Grorud, France/Sweden/Norway, 74 min.


  • Sun, Apr 21st 5:00pm

Killing Gaza

2018, Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen, USA, 97 min.


  • Wed, Apr 24th 8:00pm


2017, Thomas A. Morgan, USA/Lebanon, 73 min.


  • Fri, Apr 26th 8:00pm

What Walaa Wants

2018, Christy Garland, Canada/Denmark, 89 min.


  • Sat, Apr 27th 8:00pm

The Truth: Lost at Sea

2018, Rifat Audeh, Jordan, 56 min.


  • Sun, Apr 28th 5:30pm

The Man Who Stole Banksy

2018, Marco Proserpio, Italy, 93 min.


  • Wed, May 1st 8:00pm

Closing night film!

Naila and the Uprising

2018, Julia Bacha, USA/Palestine, 76 min.


  • Thu, May 2nd 8:00pm