Jordan Valley Blues

A LifeSource film, Jordan Valley Blues documents the lives and losses of the Palestinian farmers in the Jordan Valley, where they are forced to abandon their land due to water shortages and abuses by the Israeli military. While one man becomes and entrepreneur, another becomes an illegal worker in Israel. LifeSource also tells the story of an Israeli settler who provides 35 jobs to a starving Palestinian community in the area. This documentary follows the life of a town that is forced to export the majority of its goods in an attempt to survive. Following the film there will be a short presentation by Rebecca Cutter, M.A. Sustainable Development and a Q&A with two workers, Hmaza Zubeidat and Christopher Whitman, from the MA’AN Development Center, a training center for women and youth.

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Gaza-strophe

Entering Gaza after the ceasefire was declared, December 2008, Samir Abdallah documents the stories of those who were effected by the war. With help from the Palestinian Human Right Centre, Abdallah captured the reparative nature of the Gazan people.

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Produced by Najwa Najjar, Gaza’s Winter is a collection of 12 short films made by filmmakers around the world. Following the 1008 bombardment of Gaza (Operation Cast Lead), a group of filmmakers came together to document the devastation––the 1,417 Palestinians who died and the over 10,000 homes that were destroyed. The collection includes shorts from filmmakers from Gaza, the U.K., Iceland, Spain, Jordan, Ramallah, Golan Heights, Tunis, and France.

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Dispatches: Children of Gaza

Focusing on the lives of a small group of children living in Gaza, Dispatches, illustrates the implications of Israel’s occupation of Palestine on its youngest population. Many of the children have lost their parents, family members, and friends to fatal air raids. The film shows these children have struggled physically and psychologically with the militarization of their home. Dispatches is an award winning investigative current affairs program produced by the United Kingdom’s Channel 4.

Returning to Iraq Burin: Palestinian Families Remembered

Ethnographers Michael Kennedy and Menn Khalil will be presenting their documentation of the impact of the murders on three Palestinian youths in the West Bank village of Burin. Michael, a professional photographer and PhD student at Columbia University, has documented the village’s response to the killings with photographs and film. Menna conducted extensive interviews with the village leaders and families of the dead teenagers. In their introductory talk, Michael and Menna will address the challenges of documenting human relationships of those living under military occupation and experiencing severe trauma.

Little Town of Bethlehem

Little Town of Bethlehem, a documentary film, follows the story of three men of three different faiths and their lives in Israel and Palestine. The story explores each man’s choice of nonviolent action amidst a culture of overwhelming violence.

The film examines the struggle to promote equality through nonviolent engagement in the midst of incredible violence that has dehumanized all sides. Sami’s story begins as a young boy living in the Israeli-occupied West Bank; Yonatan’s starts on an Israeli military base; and Ahmad’s begins in a Palestinian refugee camp.

Their three stories are interwoven through the major events of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, starting with the 1972 massacre at the Munich Olympics and following through the first Intifada, suicide bombings in Israel, the Oslo Accords, the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin, and the second Intifada. Sami, Yonatan, and Ahmad each describe the events from their unique perspective, interjecting personal reflections and explaining how these events led them to become involved in the nonviolence movement.

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