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Palestine

9th Edition
In collaboration with the Science Film Festival, the Science Festival in Palestine celebrated its 9th edition in 2021 under the theme of Health & Wellbeing. Organized by A.M. Qattan foundation in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Goethe-Institut and co-funded by Drosos Foundation, the festival featured 17 films from 6 countries, and ran between November 27 to December 7 in different locations in the West Bank and Gaza.

Unlike previous editions, the science festival 2021 was hosted by schools instead of community organizations. Seven schools hosted the festival in five different cities in Palestine. The launch of the festival activities was at Rakhmeh School in the village of Rakhmeh south of Bethlehem, alongside The New Basmeh School in Gaza. The activities continued for two weeks in five other schools: The Spanish School in Albireh- Ramallah, Kefel Hares School for Girls in the village of Kefel Hares in Salfeet, Tafooh Girls School in the village of Tafooh in Hebron, Fadel Abdeen School in the city of Hebron, and Albader Elementary School (A) in Gaza.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and stemming from the theme of the festival, the activities focused on physical health and mental well-being during the festival. Most of the activities and science experiments were inspired by the films and involved precautionary practices and healthy life choices during and post-pandemic.

Thanks to the recession in the spread of the virus during that period in Palestine, the schools were able to host the different activities of the festival and welcome audience at their open spaces and buildings. Although it was one of the main challenges faced by the organizing teachers at the participating schools, they have managed to turn some classrooms to modest cinema theaters for the film screenings, other rooms to science labs to perform the experiments, and some spaces to galleries showcasing their work on the same subject that they worked on during the semester.

The students were the main agents in this festival, they prepared the venues with their teachers, studied, understood, and performed the science experiments and explained them for the audience. A total of 250 students directly participated in the festival from all schools in terms of organizing and preparing, and a total of 2 500 people attended the festival from the local communities, the MoE, partner organizations, community officials, students from other schools, and parents’ councils.

Film selection 2022

Pre-Jury

Over 30 pre-jury members with expertise in science education and science communication in the participating countries and in-depth knowledge of the local target audience are closely involved in the selection process. All films are translated and synchronized or subtitled into local languages where necessary to offer access without language barriers.

Contact

Mona Kriegler

Director and Head of Cultural Programme


Saskia Pilgram

Project Coordinator Cultural Programme


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Palestine Territories

Partners and sponsors

Al Nayzak Organisation
A. M. Qattan Foundation
Ramallah Municipality
French Institute