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Published: Monday 30 November -0001

imagePalestinians in East Jerusalem can once again go to movies, after the isolated enclave’s sole movie theatre, Al Quds Cinema, reopened its doors in the second week of March, after remaining closed for 25 years.

Housed in the Yabous Cultural Centre, Al Quds celebrated its relaunch with an inaugural film festival called “Freedom Films Week”. Nearly a dozen films were shown, on issues ranging from Arab Spring to sexual harassment in Egypt and the daily life of Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

Built in the 1950s, the theatre once screened commercial films from the region and around the world until the Israeli authorities closed it in 1987, at the beginning of the Intifadah, the Palestinian uprising.

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