Hey, Palestine is bustin out all over! A New York film festival commences tomorrow night with the picture, The Other Son, screening on the Upper West Side, and continues over the next five weeks. All free, including 5 Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers, Paradise Now, and Roadmap to Apartheid. What a great tradition, huh?
And see below, in another ten days, there’s a trilogy of films documenting the Nakba playing in the Catskills.
Palestinian Film Festival
And from my friends in the Catskills:
If you’ve missed a Palestinian film-screening before, please don’t miss this one! What: Palestine Trilogy by Israeli-Canadian film-maker, b.h. Yael followed by guests Taha Awadallah and Rami Efal
When: 7 p.m. Friday August 2
Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Rd., Kingston
Details: Palestine Trilogy: documentations in history, land and hope: Deir Yassein Remembered (28 minutes) Even in the Desert (33 minutes) A Hot Sanctified Wind (13 minutes) Hear Taha from Palestine and Rami from Israel share a unique story of their friendship. (From a maximum security prison in Israel where one was a prisoner and the other a guard to freedom for both of them.)
Here is B.H. Yael’s summary of the Trilogy:
With profound depth and grace these three, thematically related videos tell the tragic story of Palestine and dispel many myths. Deir Yassin Remembered deals with the past by focusing on a well-documented incident of the Nakba (Catastrophe, the Palestinian term for the takeover of their land in 1948) – the destruction of the thriving community of Deir Yassin. Even in the Desert explores the contemporary ramifications of the Israeli occupation – the displacements, checkpoints, surveillance, walls. And the final segment A Hot, Sandfilled World is a visual/auditory poem signifying, perhaps, hope for the future. What makes the whole experience particularly moving is that the reasonable, non-confrontational voices throughout are those of peace and social justice activists from every side – Israeli, Palestinian, and international.