The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

Mag­ni­fi­cat, Hark the Her­ald An­gels Sing!, A Carol for Christ­mas, Reges Thar­sis and The Lamb. Pales­tinian Film Fes­ti­val Open­ing-night film Nights is doc­u­men­tar­ian Mai Masri’s first fic­tional film. It is about school­teacher Layla (Maisa Abd El­hadi), who serves a long prison sen­tence af­ter she is falsely con­victed for ter­ror­ist col­lab­o­ra­tion in the Is­rae­lioc­cu­pied West Bank. Layla dis­cov­ers that she is preg­nant, even­tu­ally giv­ing birth to the child de­spite the prison direc­tor’s in­sis­tence on an abor­tion. Other films fea­tur­ing through­out the fes­ti­val in­clude Villa Touma, the Os­carnom­i­nated film Ave Maria, and The Curve, high­light­ing the lives and sto­ries of ev­ery­day Pales­tini­ans. Palace Cin­e­mas, 99 Nor­ton Street, Le­ich­hardt, Syd­ney. Opens Thurs­day, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $16$19. Book­ings: (02) 9564 5620. Un­til Novem­ber 20. Ira­nian Film Fes­ti­val This fes­ti­val, now in its sixth year, shines a spot­light in cin­e­mas across Aus­tralia on con­tem­po­rary life in Iran. Screen­ings in­clude vin­tage film The Brick and the Mir­ror (Khesht va Ayeneh) and 2016 films The

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