2019-2020 Hamilton Voices of Palestine Film Series!

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

 

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.

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 7:00 p.m.

Admission: Donations to Hamilton Voices of Palestine Film Series gratefully accepted. Donate at the screening or online.
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 GazaBORN IN GAZA follows ten children telling their daily life under the bombs during the Israeli offensive that devastated the Gaza Strip in July and August 2014.

Among them, we find Udai, who lost his house in a bombing, or Malak, a refugee in a UN school. Sondos is in the hospital with serious injuries in her abdomen and Mohamed has no option but collecting garbage to make a living.

The awarded director Hernán Zin shows a deep and intimate vision about how violence twists these children's lives, putting aside any political debate or last-minute event. A deeply human vision of the war and its consequences with an original aesthetic look.

Slow motion and time-lapse, as well as drone and underwater shooting, make cinematography one of the essentials of Born In Gaza. A war was barely ever shot so beautifully and disturbing at the same time.

BORN IN GAZA comes to an end three months after the Israeli offensive, with us returning to check up on these children dealing with the terror and trying to have their lives back to normal.

They speak up for the 538 dead children and over 3,500 wounded left by the so called 'Operation Protective Edge' Israeli offensive.

The film has also been produced by the Spanish singer Bebe, a Grammy and Spanish Academy Award winner, Olmo Figueredo and the journalist Jon Sistiaga.

BORN IN GAZA was released on December 12, 2014 in over 30 movie theaters across Spain.

It has been nominated for best documentary at the Spanish Academy Awards 2015.

This film screening is co-presented by SPHR, McMaster

Tuesday, January 21th, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Location: McMaster University


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?

This film screening is co-presented by Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Donations to Hamilton Voices of Palestine Film Series gratefully accepted. Donate at the screening or online.

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 Voices of Palestine Film Series gratefully accepted. Donate at the screening or online.

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

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 Voices of Palestine Film Series gratefully accepted. Donate at the screening or online.
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; The West Lounge Cafe