critical Israelis in the Netherlands

Film screenings


Smile, And The World Will Smile Back – film & discussion

19 November 2014 20:00, at the Children rights film festival in Leiden

Dutch premiere, Smile, And The World Will Smile Back, at the Children rights film festival in Leiden.

By Ehab Tarabieh, Yoav Gross, Family al-Haddad

Best short film award at the Milano Film Festival (2014), premiered in 2014 at the Berlinale Shorts competition and in Hot Docs in Toronto.

Kinderrechtenhuis, Hooglandse Kerkgracht 17, Leiden

One cold December night, soldiers knock on the door of the Haddad family in Hebron. They have come to search the house. Teenage son Diaa films the search. The father takes over the camera when Diaa is ordered by the soldiers to face the wall outside. The soldiers do not want to leave until Diaa stops smiling.

Extra Film: Alone – Palestinian Children in the Israeli Military Detention System

By Defence for Children Palestine (2012)

Palestinian children in Israeli military detention testify about their treatment by the Israeli army.

Q&A with:

Brad Parker, international advocacy officer and staff attorney at Defence for Children International Palestine.

Linda Vogtländer, child and adolescent psychiatrist, member of a Dutch multidisciplinary group of experts that published the report ‘Palestinian children and military detention’ (2014)

During the Children’s Rights Week various activities are organized at the Child Rights Home to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The third edition of the Children’s Rights Film Festival takes place on 18, 19 and 20 November. Films and documentaries on children’s rights issues are shown.

This screening and discussion is organized in cooperation with the Dutch coalition for Palestinian children in Israeli detention, Movies that Mater, Fonds 1818 and DCI NL.