The ”Science Days Palestine” (SDP) 6th edition hosted the Science Film Festival (SFF) again this year. This year’s round was launched on 22 October 2017. The SDP focused this year on ”Food Revolution” matching the theme of the film festival. The festival aimed at increasing the visitors’ awareness towards the cultural, social and environmental challenges facing the food industry and processing in the year of 2050 when the world population reaches more than 9 billion. Such as; the industrialization of agriculture that is associated with tree-cutting, chemical enhancers, and the genetic technology involved in seeds processing and plants, and how it affects the food sector in the world in general, and the Palestinian agricultural sector in particular.
The festival reached around 26,600 visitors in 2018. It was co-organized by the Goethe-Institut Ramallah, the A. M. Qattan Foundation, the Institut Francais Jerusalem, Al Nayzak Foundation and Ramallah Municipality in a long-standing cooperation with those valued and local partners.
During the period of the festival, film Screenings were combined with scientific activities, games, hands-on experiments, workshops and families’ and kids discussions. These activities took place in various Palestinian cultural, academic centers and institutions. Including: the French-German Cultural Center in Ramallah, Ni’lin Teachers’ Center, Qattan Science Studio, Al Nayzak Science House, the Canadian School Theater in Nablus, in addition to various locations in Jericho, Jerusalem, Qalqilya, Bethlehem, Birzeit, Hebron, Ni'lin, Thahreya, Beit Our, Al Bi’neh, Raboud, Jabalya, Khan younis, Nablus, Ramallah and Gaza which covers a wide range of Palestinian cities and villages. In the opening day only, the festival hosted around 400 students from Palestinian public and private schools who were actively engaged in the opening activities.
These films contributed in raising the awareness on important food processing facts and figures and had a valuable addition to the kids’ and parents’ knowledge when it comes to food challenges of the current century.