2019 Hamilton Voices of Palestine Film Series!

JeLiThIn is pleased to participate in the 2019-2020 Hamilton Voices of Palestine Film Series!

Mark your calendar, the second Tuesday of each Month, beginning in October with

Gaza Fights for Freedom

Directed by: Abby Martin

An Empire Files Film

This debut feature film by journalist Abby Martin began while reporting in Palestine, where she was denied entry into Gaza by the Israeli government on the accusation she was a “propagandist.” So Abby connected with a team of journalists in Gaza to produce the film through the blockade.

This collaboration shows you Gaza’s protest movement like you’ve never seen before. Filmed during the height of the Great March Of Return protests, it features exclusive footage of demonstrations where 200 unarmed civilians have been killed by Israeli snipers since March 30, 2018.

The documentary tells the story of Gaza past and present, showing rare archival footage that explains the history never acknowledged by mass media. Victims are heard from the ongoing massacre, including journalists, medics and the family of internationally-acclaimed paramedic, Razan al-Najjar.

At its core, ‘Gaza Fights For Freedom’ is a thorough indictment of the Israeli military for war crimes, with legal documentation and photographic evidence.

This film screening is co-presented by the Jewish Liberation Theology Institute and

sponsored by The West Lounge Cafe

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Donations to Hamilton Vocies of Palestine Film Series greatfully accepted.
Location: New Vision United Church Lower Hall
24 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 1H2


and continuing in November with

Wall

Directed by: Cam Christiansen

An NFB film

Grapic of Man Standing Look up a the Apartheid WallWall is a feature-length animated film written by and starring playwright and two-time Academy Award® nominee for screenwriting (The Hours, The Reader) David Hare, whom The Washington Post referred to as “the premiere political dramatist writing in English.” Hare’s body of work spans 35 years and deftly explores socio-political issues at home and abroad. The 80-minute film follows Hare on a trip to the Middle East to examine the impact the wall separating Israel and Palestine has had on the people of the region.

Using advanced animation tools and 3D motion-capture footage, filmmaker Cam Christiansen employs a distinctive handcrafted approach that conveys the reality of the 708-kilometre barrier as no film has before. Rich with rhythmic, raw imagery, Wall explores the “fence” that has forever united, divided and changed communities, while brilliantly capturing the emotions surrounding this massive reminder of unrest.

Revealing and passionate insights from renowned Israeli novelist David Grossman, Professor Neill Lochery of London University, Professor Sari Nusseibeh of Al-Quds University, and Ramallah-based attorney Raja Shehadeh are all framed by Hare’s journey, as both his heart and mind are shaken by the incongruities and contradictions of life in the shadow of the wall.

Wall is a National Film Board of Canada production, produced by David Christensen and Bonnie Thompson.

This screening is co-presented by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, Hamilton

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Donations to Hamilton Vocies of Palestine Film Series greatfully accepted.
Location: New Vision United Church Lower Hall
24 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 1H2


and continuing in December with

Tomorrow's Power

Directed by: Amy Miller

An Indiecan Entertainment and Diffusion Multi-Monde film

Poster of Tomorrow's Power. People in Sunset with WindmillsTomorrow’s Power is a feature length documentary that showcases three communities around the world and their responses to economic and environmental emergencies they are facing. In the war-torn, oil-rich Arauca province in Colombia, communities have been building a peace process from the bottom up. In Germany activists are pushing the country to fully divest from fossil-fuel extraction and complete its transition to renewable energy. In Gaza health practitioners are harnessing solar power to battle daily life-threatening energy blackouts in hospitals.

This film screening is co-presented by Hamilton 350, and

sponsored by The Nook Cafe.

Admission: Donations to Hamilton Vocies of Palestine Film Series greatfully accepted.
Location: New Vision United Church Lower Hall
24 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 1H2


and continuing in January with

'Born in Gaza' ('Nacido en Gaza')

Directed by: Hernán Zin

A Hernán Zin film

Born in Gaza poster. Boys running up on a street in GazaBetween 2010 and 2014, nearly 3,000 Palestinian children were arrested by Israeli forces for reasons like throwing stones. Many are kept in solitary confinement for days, shackled and subjected to intimidating questioning without the presence of their parents or a lawyer. Mohammad Zedani, 14, has been arrested six times. The experience has left him traumatised: he struggles to sleep and displays symptoms of PTSD. The film tells his story, along with those of Rami and Ahmed, three out of thousands of children affected by the occupation. We also hear from those working to stop the abuses.

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Donations to Hamilton Vocies of Palestine Film Series greatfully accepted.
Location: New Vision United Church Lower Hall
24 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 1H2


and continuing in February with

The Apollo of Gaza

Directed by: Nicolas Wadimoff

An NFB film

Cover for A Stone's Throw AwayIn 2013, an ancient statue of Apollo was found in the waters off Gaza—before disappearing under mysterious circumstances. Is it the work of forgers, or a gift from the gods to a Palestinian people desperately in need of hope? Soon the rumours start to swirl, while behind the scenes local and international players start jostling—some driven by historical preservation and others by purely commercial interests. Filmed in Gaza and Jerusalem, The Apollo of Gaza plays out like a mystery built around a national treasure that is the stuff of dreams. The Apollo of Gaza is an engaging reflection on the passage of time and the fragility of civilizations, as well as a poetic and philosophical meditation that immerses us in the often-misunderstood realities of life in a place that continues to pay a heavy price for the seemingly endless Israeli-Palestinian conflict—a place where life doggedly carries on, resisting. Like a meteor streaking across the sky, the statue of Apollo brings a moment of light and beauty to Gaza. Can it help restore dignity to a people, revealing a glorious history and fostering pride in a nation often misrepresented and demeaned?


Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Donations to Hamilton Vocies of Palestine Film Series greatfully accepted.
Location: New Vision United Church Lower Hall
24 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 1H2


and continuing in March with

Memory of the Cactus

Directed by: Hanna Musleh

An Al-Haq film (TBC)

Photo: Keys hanging in front of a bunch of cactusA 42 minute documentary film that combines the cactus and the memories it stands for. The film addresses the story of the destruction of the Palestinian villages of Latroun in the Occupied West Bank and the forcible transfer of their civilian population in 1967. Over 40 years later, the Israeli occupation continues, and villagers remain displaced. The film follows two separate but parallel journeys. Aisha Um Najeh takes us down the painful road that Palestinians have been forcefully pushed down, separating them in time and place from the land they nurtured; while Israelis walk freely through that land, enjoying its fruits. The stems of the cactus, however, take a few of them to discover the reality of the crime committed.


This film screening is co-presented by Independent Jewish Voices, Hamilton

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Donations to Hamilton Vocies of Palestine Film Series greatfully accepted.
Location: New Vision United Church Lower Hall
24 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 1H2


and continuing in April with

A Stone's Throw From Prison (TBC)

Directed by: Raquel Castells

A Raquel Castells film

Cover for A Stone's Throw AwayBetween 2010 and 2014, nearly 3,000 Palestinian children were arrested by Israeli forces for reasons like throwing stones. Many are kept in solitary confinement for days, shackled and subjected to intimidating questioning without the presence of their parents or a lawyer. Mohammad Zedani, 14, has been arrested six times. The experience has left him traumatised: he struggles to sleep and displays symptoms of PTSD. The film tells his story, along with those of Rami and Ahmed, three out of thousands of children affected by the occupation. We also hear from those working to stop the abuses.

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Donations to Hamilton Vocies of Palestine Film Series greatfully accepted.
Location: New Vision United Church Lower Hall
24 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 1H2

Underwriters, Endorsers, Sponsors, Partners and Community Friends:

Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, Hamilton; Hamilton 350; Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War; Jewish Liberation Theology Institute; Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) - Hamilton; The Nook Cafe; Palestinian Association of Hamilton; Solidarity for Palestinian Human RightS (SPRH), McMaster