PALESTINE: THE PEOPLE
Films that reveal the complexities and dynamics of being Palestinian.
Oct 31-Nov 21 2004
Sundays at 7pm
Ethnic Cultural Theater, 3940 Brooklyn Ave NE,
in SeattleÕs University
Suggested Donation $10/ All Welcome
Dahna Abourahme, 2004. 76 minutes.
Set during the current Intifada, this documentary follows four Palestinian
families living in Dheisheh Refugee Camp near Bethlehem as they share the
centrality of the Right of Return -- the right of Palestinian refugees to
return to the homes they were driven from in 1948 -- to any just solution to
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Followed by a presentation by Nada Elia, Professor of Transnational Feminism
in the Women's Studies Department at WSU. A Palestinian and life-long
activist, Ms. Elia will share her perspective and analysis on the Right of
Return and the current situation in Palestine.
Sunday, November 7th
Land in Black and White
Suheir Ismail, 1998, 56 minutes
Journalist, activist and resident of Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem,
Suheir Ismail travels to South Africa. As she shares excitement with black
South African villagers who clear the first hurdle in their struggle to
regain their ancestral land, Ismail contemplates the future of Palestinian
refugees and their hopes of returning to their own land.
Sunday, November 14th
500 Dunam on the Moon
Rachel Leah Jones , 2002. 48 minutes
Ayn Hawd is a Palestinian village that was captured and depopulated by
Israeli forces in the 1948 war. In 1953 the village was transformed into a
Jewish artists' colony, and renamed it Ein Hod. This documentary tells the
story of the village's original inhabitants, who, after expulsion, settled
only 1.5 kilometers away in the outlying hills. Rachel Leah Jones'
filmmaking debut is a critical look at the art of dispossession and the
creativity of the dispossessed.
Sunday November 21st
Ebtisam Maraana, 2003. 56 minutes
Filmmaker Ebtisam Mara'ana grew up in Paradise (Fureidis in Arabic).
This thought-provoking and intimate film diary follows the directorÕs
attempt to recreate her villageÕs lost history, including the story of her
childhood hero Suuad, who was imprisoned as a PLO activist in the 1970Õs and
banished from the community. The directorss frustration builds as her
questions are resisted but she presses for truth. Presenting the rarely
heard voice of an Arab Israeli, this important film offers valuable insight
into the contradictions and complexities of modern womanhood and national
identity in the Middle East.
Brought to you by Hayaat and Palestine Solidarity Committee
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