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Palestine festival films include Oscar entrant

Kais Nashif in “Though I Know the River Is Dry,” part of the Boston Palestine Film Festival.

Boston Palestine Film Festival

Kais Nashif in “Though I Know the River Is Dry,” part of the Boston Palestine Film Festival.

Director Annemarie Jacir’s “When I Saw You” kicks off the seventh annual Boston Palestine Film Festival at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Museum of Fine Arts. Set in Jordan in 1967, it’s about a young boy who runs away from home. This film is Palestine’s entry for the 2013 Oscar for best foreign language film. Jacir will be introduced to the audience for a discussion via Skype following the screening.

The BPFF runs through Oct. 27 at the MFA, with additional screenings at the Cambridge Public Library and Harvard Law School.

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A program of shorts screens on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. followed by a discussion with Oman Robert Hamilton, director of the 19-minute film “Though I Know the River Is Dry,” about a man who returns to Palestine after living in Detroit. After screening in the shorts package, Hamilton’s film screens again at 3 p.m. along with director Nora al-Sharif’s “Ismail,” a 28-minute drama about the struggles of a young Palestinian artist and his family, sent to a refugee camp by Israeli forces in 1948. Following the screening, Hamilton, al-Sharif, and writer Susan Abulhawa, author of “My Voice Sought the Wind” and “Mornings in Jenin,” will engage in a discussion about Palestinian narrative.

Other BPFF highlights include “Inheritance” (Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.): The directorial debut from Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass (“Munich,” “The Syrian Bride”), it’s about a family wedding in the Galilee that takes place as war looms and exacerbates family tensions. Director Mahdi Fleifel’s “A World Not Ours” closes the festival on Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m. Winner of prizes from this year’s Edinburgh and Berlin film festivals, the documentary offers an intimate portrait of three generations living in exile in the refugee camp of Ain el-Helweh in southern Lebanon, built in 1948 and now home to 70,000 refugees.

For tickets and more information go to www.bostonpalestinefilmfest.org.

Global films in Arlington

The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF), running Oct 23-27 at the Regent Theatre, offers films from around the world. The opening-night selection is “I Learn America” from directors Jean-Michel Dissard and Gitte Peng. The film follows five immigrant teenagers over one school year in a New York City public high school dedicated to serving newly arrived immigrant teenagers. A panel discussion about immigration and how legislation will affect the children of immigrants follows the screening. Other highlights include “Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth” from directors Frauke Sandig and Eric Black. Filmed over several years in Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico, it follows six young Maya through their daily lives. A panel discussion will follow this screening.

Local filmmakers represented in the festival include Cambridge director Julie Mallozzi with “Indelible Lalita,” Watertown directors Luke Griswold Tergis and Cory Mann with “Smokin’ Fish,” and Sudbury’s Myles David Jewell with “Stranglehold: In the Shadow of the Boston Strangler.” Jewell is the grandson of Phil DiNatale, an investigator who worked on the Boston Strangler case in the 1960s. Discussions with filmmakers will follow most screenings.

For more information, go to www.regenttheatre.com.

The horror! The horror!

Two area cinemas are getting a jump on Halloween with horror movie programs. The Somerville Theatre’s “Boston Terror-thon” runs to Oct. 31 and features a host of different horror movies, including the Boston premiere of “Bad Milo” (“an allegorical gore romp”) this Sunday at 8 p.m. Also screening is 1980’s creepy “The Changeling” starring George C. Scott (Thursday); Italian horror master Dario Argento’s “Dracula” in 3-D (Oct. 28 and 30); and Kathryn Bigelow’s 1987 vampire film “Near Dark” (Oct. 31), which shares a bill with the 1973 classic “The Exorcist.” For tickets and information, go to www.somervilletheatreonline.com.

The Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Annual Halloween Horror Movie Marathon celebrates its 13th year Oct. 26-27 with a double feature — Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” and Tobe Hooper’s “The Texas Chains Saw Massacre” — plus five additional unannounced titles (for those who like terrifying surprises), all to be screened in 35mm. Following that event, on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m., one of the best horror films of all time, Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby,” screens in a 35mm print as part of the Coolidge’s Big Screen Classics series. For more information, go to www.coolidge.org.

Marker at HFA

In collaboration with MIT, the Harvard Film Archive presents “Chris Marker: Guillaume-en-Égypte,” billed as one of the most extensive retrospectives of the work of the “La Jetée” director ever presented in the United States. The HFA’s program features a number of rare films, some screened in this country for the first time. It runs from Thursday through Dec. 9.

Information at www.hcl.harvard.edu/hfa.

Hendrix revisited

The Regent Theatre hosts the theatrical premiere of the new documentary “Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin’ ” on Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. It’s part of a weekend Hendrix celebration, including a concert by the Thaddeus Hogarth Power Trio on Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.

Go to www.regenttheatre.com.

Loren King can be reached at loren.king@comcast.net.
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