7 short films were screened at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham. This was followed by a Q&A
Join us for a diverse and thought-provoking programme of 9 short films by both young and established Palestinian filmmakers. The first part of the programme reflects directly on the events of the Nakba (the 1948 Catastrophe) and the dream of return through animation, oral testimony and digital technology. The second part explores contemporary experiences, through traditional documentary, docu-drama and the film essay.
The screening will be introduced by Dr Anandi Ramamurthy, Sheffield Hallam University (Creative Interruptions, AHRC) and followed by a post-screening discussion with Dr Marwan Darweish, Coventry University.
History and exile
House, Ahmad Saleh 2011
For generations, a family lived in a spacious and beautiful house. Guests were always welcome to enjoy a pleasant stay. Until one guest arrived with a different plan in mind. (4mins)
Alyasini, Sahera Dirbas 2012
Mahmad Alyasini is a Palestinian survivor from Deir Yassin, west of Jerusalem. He recounts his life in the village before the Nakba and tells how he survived the massacre on April 1948. (22 mins)
Your father was born 100 years ago and so was the Nakba, Razan Al Salah 2017
Oum Amin, a Palestinian grandmother, returns to her hometown Haifa through Google Maps Streetview. 7mins
Contemporary dreams and realities
Oslo Syndrome (6 min) Ayman Azraq
Journey of a Sofa (9 min) Alaa Al Ali
Twenty Handshakes for Peace (3 min) Mahdi Fleifel
Message to Obama (7 min) Muhannad Salahat
Interference (11 min) Anim Nayfeh
These five films were produced by Palestinian directors 20 years after the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993 and are part of a larger collection of short films called Suspended Time. The films present what feels like a suspended reality of unfulfilled dreams to capture feelings of fragmentation, loss, hope and humour in contemporary Palestinian experience. (2014)
Today they Took my Son (8mins) Farah Nabulsi
The story of a mother coping with her young son being taken away by a military system and her helplessness to prevent the inhumane treatment she knows he is experiencing. (2016)
Programme length 77 mins
A National Demonstration is called for Saturday the 7th April outside Downing Street from 1 to 3 pm.
Coaches will be leaving from Central Mosque, 180 Belgrave Middleway, Birmingham B12 0XS 8:30 am and from Carrs Lane Church Carrs Lane opposite Moore Street Station
To book your place Text 07721427690 for more details
Coaches and protests are sponsored by various community and faith organisations in the city . Coaches will leave London around 4 pm to return home.
Arms companies around the world are profiting from Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine. Along with the banks that invest in them, these companies are on our doorsteps. We can take action to stop them; join us for a protest Saturday, 17th March 2018.
Arms companies around the world are profiting from Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine. Along with the banks that invest in them, these companies are on our doorsteps. We can take action to stop them; join us for a protest Saturday, 17th March 2018 between 1 and 3pm at a high street near you. In Birmingham, the protest will be outside the HSBC branch in New Street in Birmingham City Centre. Many of the other towns and cities will have organised similar protests. We will be repeating these protests
In 2017, until October over 353 Palestinian buildings were demolished in the West Bank and over 528 people were displaced.
Jeff Helper, Director of Israeli Committee Against House demolitions argues that the Matrix of Control which Israel has laid over the Occupied Territory has effectively eliminated the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and produced instead a regime of apartheid. Faced with apartheid and the warehousing of the Palestinians, he goes on to outline to what appears to be the only just solution remaining: a democratic, bi-national state which he explores in depth.
Protest on the High Street, Birmingham by Marks and Spencer
U.S. President Donald Trump’s reported plan to recognize occupied Jerusalem as the “capital of Israel” is an appalling attempt to give legitimacy to Israel’s illegal control of the city by a xenophobic and racist U.S. administration.
Jerusalem is illegally occupied by Israel under international law, and this latest illegal act reverses decades of official U.S. policy on Jerusalem. It goes against the entire international consensus on Jerusalem and exposes again the US blindly adhering to Israeli policy to ethnically cleanse Palestine and to set the Middle East ablaze.
Palestinians, supported by the absolute majority in the millions of people of conscience worldwide, will protest this latest U.S. surrender to Israel’s extremist agenda and we will stand with them in Birmingham. We will collectively continue to insist on attaining Palestinians’ UN-stipulated rights and ending Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid through popular resistance and the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
We call on all concerned individuals to take a stand for the Palestinians, still occupied, still violently forced from their land, and still the victims of the shameful support of western governments, from the Balfour Declaration to the US embassy move to Jerusalem. Join the ‘Hands Off Jerusalem’ protest on SAturday 1400-1600 high street Birmingham
Ill-treatment in the Israeli military detention system remains “widespread, systematic, and institutionalised throughout the process”. These were the conclusions of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report ‘Children in Israeli Military Detention Observations and Recommendations‘.
Ayed Abu Eqtaish from
Defence for Children International Palestine
will be speaking in Birmingham
Saturday 25 November 2017 at 2 pm
Unite Building, Heneage Street West, Birmingham B7 4AZ
Israel is the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes children in military courts – between 500 and 700 each year. The Israel Prison Service revealed that an average of 204 Palestinian children have been held in custody every month since 2012.
Palestinian children as young as 12 are routinely:
- Taken from their homes at gunpoint in night-time raids by soldiers.
- Blindfolded, bound and shackled.
- Interrogated without a lawyer or relative being present and with no audio-visual recording.
- Put into solitary confinement.
- Forced to sign confessions (often in Hebrew – a language they do not understand).
For more information about the suffering of the children of Palestine see Defense for Children International Palestine,www.dci-palestine.org