Palestinian director Rashid Masharawi is a maverick filmmaker of documentaries and features presenting the heartbeat of a national liberation struggle and a people’s path to democracy.
Born in 1962 in Ash-Shati refugee camp in Gaza, Rashid Masharawi is the director of several documentaries and fiction films, including Love Season, Makloubeh, Haifa, Behind the Walls, Tension, Rabab, and Curfew.
He is also the winner of many international prizes, including the UNESCO Award at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. That year, Masharawi founded the Cinema Production Centre in Ramallah, West Bank, which aims to improve and develop the Palestinian movie industry by encouraging and training young Palestinian movie-makers. An innovative artist, Masharawi created the Palestinian Mobile Cinema which has allowed thousands of children to enjoy local and international films.
This edition of MF GALAXY features Minister Faust's interview with Rashid Masharawi conducted in Edmonton in December, 2001, for the screening of Masharawi's documentary Voice of Palestine.
Rashid Masharawi's feature film Laila's Birthday will be screened at the HumanServe International Palestinian Bazaar in Edmonton on Saturday, March 14.
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