On Tuesday we revisited Anata to a warm and very expectant welcome. Arriving around 2pm the children were on their playtime break from school and as they saw the car coming rushed to open the gates and help us unload the equipment.
The reaction this time round to our arrival, and the children’s knowledge of why we were there, was proof of our theory that building relationships and making regular visits to communities is one of the most important parts of our work. As it was early afternoon we decided to screen only children’s films, and our young audience knew the protocol even before being told, lining up excitedly outside of the classroom.
The children had also become familiar with the equipment from our last visit, and surprised us with their knowledge of how to set up the screen, PA system and projector.
Spirits were high as the selection of children’s animations and shorts played, and the children, accompanied by 3 female teachers, danced and clapped along to the lively soundtracks.
Packing down was again aided by the audience, who told us excitedly about their thoughts on the lives of the different characters they had seen on the screen.
Sunday 8th May: Musafit-Beni-Naim
On Sunday the Mobile Cinema team drove out to Musafit-Beni-Naim, not far from Hebron where we were taken to a small classroom set high up on a peak of the sandy terrain.
Our audience was a mixture of men and women, and a few children here or there who were fascinated by the large screen and its moving images, but were too young to follow the feature documentary once it started to play.
We decided to screen Budrus due to requests from our audience for a film about resistance. After the screening Abu Dirgham addressed the audience with his thoughts on how they might take example from the film and what it meant to them as Bedouins and as Palestinians.
As we left Abu Dirgham told us of the impact he felt the screening had made on the community members, and insisted that next time we return we screen on site in their communal Bedouin tent.