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SXU serves as venue for 5th annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival

Films to be shown May 17-20

Chicago (May 8, 2006) – Saint Xavier University joins with the Gene Siskel Film Center to present the 5th Annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival. Saint Xavier University will show seven of 22 selected films in McGuire Hall, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago. The showings are free and open to the public.

The festival’s 2006 selections include films that represent the spirit and mood of contemporary Palestinian life, and include more films by Palestinian filmmakers than any prior festival.

The following films, documentaries, features and shorts from the Chicago Palestine Film Festival will be shown at Saint Xavier University: 

· “Bethlehem Bandolero,” “Child of Bethlehem” and “Summer of ‘85” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17.

· “Nour’s Dream” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 18; presented by the Balata Film Collective from Nablus, West Bank, who will present its first feature film at Saint Xavier during a tour of North America in the spring and summer. 

· “Visit Palestine” at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19.

· “With Blood (Bidam)” and “I remember 1948” at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. 

The Chicago Palestine Film Festival (CPFF) is an independent, not-for-profit, nonsectarian project based in Chicago that exhibits and promotes films by Palestinian directors and films about Palestine. CPFF is dedicated to presenting a film festival that is open, critical and reflective of the culture, experience and vision of the filmmakers.

The entire festival runs from May 6 to 24. For more information, please contact the Chicago Palestine Film Festival at (312) 376-8830 or www.palestinefilmfest.com. For more information about the films being shown at Saint Xavier, please contact Iman Saca, assistant professor of Sociology and Anthropology, at Saint Xavier University, at (773) 298-3554 or saca@sxu.edu.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact: Iman Saca
773-298-3554 or saca@sxu.edu

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