March 9th: This Palestinian Life & Up Front: Three Palestinian Women

Posted: February 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

7-9PM(doors open 6:30 pm)

Location: London Public Library – 251 Dundas St (Stevenson Hunt Room)
Sponsored by: Cinema Politica and Prisoners’ Justice Film Festival
Facebook:CINEMA POLITICA presents 2 short films: “This Palestinian Life” and “Up Front: 3 Palestinian Women”
Accessibility Audit

The festival takes place on the lands of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabek, Huron-Wendat, and Attawandaron Peoples. All events are free (donations welcome), wheelchair accessible, and scent-reduced—please do not use or wear scented products, including essential oils.

THIS PALESTINIAN LIFE is a film about people who perservere despite the odds stacked against them. The film documents specifically the aspects of perseverance or steadfastness of the Palestinian nonviolent struggle against Israeli occupation and the deliberate, ongoing, illegal annexation of Palestinian land. An Arabic term used for everyday acts of nonviolent resistance is sumoud – steadfastness, perseverance. In the film, Egyptian activist and filmmaker, Philip Rizk, tells the stories of Palestinian villagers who attempt to remain steadfast, to persevere, in the face of settler violence, the injustice and duplicity of the Israeli government, and the ambivalence of the international community.

Amoun Sleem is one of the Domari, the gypsy community of Jerusalem. As director of a local community center, she fights to help the women in her community obtain education and economic independence. Maha Nassar an experienced political activist is rising up for her last battle – that for her health. Khulood Badawi, charismatic and passionate, also a political activist, takes us to the ground zero of her identity – the village of Safuri, from which her family was exiled in 1948.

Three Palestinian women of different ages, places and backgrounds who are nonetheless connected by their power, independence and above all – their strong will to create a change.


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