Westbrook Library Film Series: April 27 – May 18


From the Jordan to the Sea:
Israel-Palestine in Film

Thursday nights at 7:00 pm | from April 27 – May 18, 2017

These films offer a human face to the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians in the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. The film series strives to educate and inspire dialogue. The films offer different perspectives not often seen or discussed in our area. We hope to raise questions, challenge some common myths and jumpstart candid discussion about the complexities of working for peace and justice in the Middle East and in our own country as well.

When I Saw You (2012) 93 minutes | Thursday April 27 – 7:00 pm

When I Saw You

It is 1967. The world is alive with change: brimming with reawakened energy, new styles, music and an infectious sense of hope. In Jordan, a different kind of change is underway as tens of thousands of refugees pour across the border from Palestine. Having been separated from his father in the chaos of war, Tarek, 11, and his mother Ghaydaa, are amongst this latest wave of refugees. Placed in “temporary” refugee camps until they would be able to return, they wait, like the generation before them who arrived in 1948. With difficulties adjusting to life in Harir camp and a longing to be reunited with his father, Tarek searches a way out, and discovers a new hope emerging with the times. The film is the story of people affected by the times around them, searching for something more  and yearning to be free. A story of the human spirit that knows no borders. 


Five Broken Cameras (2011)  94 minutes | Thursday May 4 – 7:00 pm

5 Broken CamerasA documentary film co-directed by Palestinian Emad Burnat and Israeli Guy Davidii.  It is a first-hand account of protests in Bil’in, a West Bank village affected by the Israel West Bank barrier. The documentary was shot almost entirely by the Palestinian farmer who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son. Structured around the destruction of Burnat’s cameras, it follows one family’s evolution over five years of turmoil. The film won a 2012 Sundance Film Festival award,  and was nominated for a 2013 Academy Award.

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (2013)  100 minutes | Thursday May 11 – 7:00 pm

Bottle in the Gaza SeaTal (Agathe Bonitzer) is the 17-year-old daughter of recent French immigrants to Israel who live in Jerusalem. Following a bomb attack on a local café, she throws a bottle into the sea near Gaza with a message asking for an explanation. Naïm (Mahmoud Shalaby), a sensitive but aimless 20-year-old Palestinian living in Gaza, discovers the bottle and tries to answer Tal’s question by initiating an email correspondence. Their mutual suspicion soon develops into a tender friendship.


An Oasis on the Hill (2013)  10 minutes | Thursday May 18 – 7:00 pm

An Oasis on the HillThis inspiring documentary follows Omer and Rami, who grew up in Neve Shalom / Wahat al Salam, an Israeli village where Jews and Arabs have peacefully coexisted for over 40 years.  Included with this film will be a “talk back” by young people recently returned from TOLEF’s  2017 trip to Israel/Palestine and Bosnia.





For more information about the film series, contact TOLEF Coordinator Mary Tomasetti at mary@tolef.org or 860-391-5384 or call Westbrook Library at (860) 399-6422

Directions to Westbrook Library
I-95 to Exit 65. South on Rte. 153 to center of Westbrook, left onto Boston Post Rd (Rte. 1), then left onto Burdick Dr.  Look for the entrance sign to Daniel R. Wren Park. The library will be on your right. The Community Room is located at the back of the Library. Entrance is next to Literacy Volunteers.    


Film Series sponsored by
Jewish Voice for Peace–New Haven and Tree of Life Educational Fund