Pomegranates and Myrrh

Posted: April 1, 2012 in The Films

Pomegranates and Myrrh

Najwa Najjar’s feature films follows a Palestinian dancer who struggles with wanting to follow her dreams and being a good wife to her imprisoned husband. Najjar reveals the emotional challenges faced by the wife of a Palestinian prisoner.

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Degrees of Incarceration

Posted: March 30, 2012 in The Films

Degrees of Incarceration

Since 1967, 600,000 Palestinians have gone to prison. Director Amahl Bishara, a professor of Anthropology at Tufts University, decided to document the families of the prisoners. She believes that understanding the psychological impact of imprisonment on families is essential for understanding the social dynamics of Palestinian communities. Through observational footage and interviews of people living in Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, Degrees of Incarceration tells the story of a mother whose sixteen year old son has been imprisoned and a youth organization that has resisted the imprisonment of their community members and created a play that teaches children how to handle interrogation. Bishara documents the scope and depth of the psychological effects of political imprisonment on Palestinian society.

With Blood Bidam

Posted: March 29, 2012 in The Films

With Blood Bidam

Juliana Fredman and Dan O’Reilly Row followed men and women in Gaza and the West Bank trying to receive healthcare. Spanning seven months, the filmmakers offer an alternative view to the daily struggles of Palestinians. Through military checkpoints, dangerous bypass routes, over mountains, and through olive groves, medics’, ambulance drivers’, and doctors’ struggles to give adequate care to the Palestinian people. Fredman and O’Reilly-Rowe document a form of resistance that is most often ignored.

Jordan Valley Blues

Posted: March 28, 2012 in The Films

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.

Gaza-strophe

Posted: March 27, 2012 in The Films

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.

Gaza’s Winter

Posted: March 27, 2012 in The Films

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.

Little Town of Bethlehem

Posted: March 22, 2012 in The Films

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.