Palestinian Film Festival & Nakba Tour

Palestinian Film FestivalThe Connecticut Palestinian Film Festival, a project of the Tree of Life Educational Fund, was born from the need to educate the community on the Israeli Palestine conflict with the aim of fostering peaceful dialogue and constructive engagement to promote sustainable peace and justice for all our relatives in the region.

All events free & open to public
(Children 15 & up recommended)

Opening Night
Tuesday, September 19, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
St. John’s Episcopal Church
679 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, CT

6 – 6:15 p.m. Opening Remarks
6:15-6:30 p.m. Native American singer/drummer Kenny Merrick Jr.
6:30-8:30 p.m. Films
8:30-8:45 p.m. Q&A and Closing Remarks

My Neighborhood 25 min, 2012, by Julia Bacha & Rebekah Wingert, Just VisionMy Neighborhood
Mohammed El Kurd is a Palestinian teenager growing up in the heart of East Jerusalem. When Mohammed’s family is forced to give up a part of their home to Israeli settlers, local residents begin peaceful protests and in a surprising turn, are quickly joined by scores of Israeli supporters. Mohammed comes of age in the face of unrelenting tension with his neighbors and unexpected cooperation with Israeli allies in his backyard.

5 Broken Cameras 1hr 34min, 2011, by Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi, KinoLorber
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE5 Broken Cameras
An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later turned into a galvanizing cinematic experience by co-directors Guy Davidi and Burnat.

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The North America Nakba Tour
Thursday, September 21, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Central Connecticut State University
Vance Academic Center – Room 105
1615 Stanley Street, New Britain CT

7:00 – 7:15 p.m. Opening Remarks
7:15 – 8:15 p.m. The North America Nakba Tour
8:15 – 8:30 p.m. Q&A and Closing Remarks

The Exiled Palestinians. An evening with Khawla Hammad and Amena Ashkar, Palestinan refugees from Lebanon, share their story. Khawla Hammad has been a stateless refugee in Lebanon for 69 years. At the age of sixteen, she was expelled from her village of Kabri, in Palestine. Now she is 85 years old, and still a refugee in Lebanon, with no citizenship in any country. Israel expelled most of the population in 1948,Amena and Khawla and has prevented them from returning to their homes. Kabri and over 500 towns and villages were leveled to the ground, a crime that Palestinians call al-Nakba (the Catastrophe). Khawla has a message that she wants to bring to North America. So does 23-year-old Palestinian refugee, journalist and translator Amena Elashkar, whom many of you know from the 2016 Nakba Tour. She and her parents were born as stateless refugees in Lebanon and have never lived in their own country

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Friday, September 22, 6:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Islamic Association of Greater Hartford-Berlin Mosque
1781 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin CT

6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Film
8:30 – 8:45 p.m. Q&A and Closing Remarks

With God on Our Side 1hr 22min, 2010, by Porter Speakman Jr., Rooftop ProductionsWith God on Our Side
With God on Our Side takes a look at the theology of Christian Zionism, which teaches that because the Jews are God’s chosen people, they have a divine right to the land of Israel. Aspects of this belief system lead some Christians in the West to give uncritical support to Israeli government policies, even those that privilege Jews at the expense of Palestinians, leading to great suffering among Muslim and Christian Palestinians alike and threatening Israel’s security as a whole. This film demonstrates that there is a biblical alternative for Christians who want to love and support the people of Israel, a theology that doesn’t favor one people group over another but instead promotes peace and reconciliation for both Jews and Palestinians.

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Sunday, September 24, 6:00 – 7:50 p.m.
Unitarian Society of Hartford
50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford CT

6:00 – 7:35 p.m. Film
7:35 – 7:50 p.m. Q&A and Closing Remarks

Roadmap to Aparthied 1hr 35 min, 2012, by Eron Davidson & Ana Nogueira.Roadmap to Apartheid
Ana Nogueira is a white South African and Eron Davidson a Jewish Israeli. Drawing on their first-hand knowledge of the issues, the first-time directors take a detailed look at the apartheid analogy commonly used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in this award winning film. As much an historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid, the film shows us why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today, and why an increasing number of people around the world agree with them.

 

 

 

 

 

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