Palestine Film Series Begins June 9

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Bethel Lutheran Church Mission and Justice Committee and Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel announce an international film series focused on the conflict between the Israeli government and the Palestinians.  The films will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning on June 9. They will be shown at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Avenue, Northfield and are free and open to the public. There will be time for a brief discussion following each film.

7 p.m., June 9 –“Welcome to Hebron: Portrait of a Teenager in Hebron” is a story from the perspective of 17-year-old Leila Sarsour, a strong, intelligent and outspoken young woman who studies at the Al-Qurtuba School, a Palestinian high school for girls in the West Bank city of Hebron. The school is surrounded by Israeli military installations and settlements populated by right-wing Jewish religious fundamentalists. “Welcome to Hebron” depicts everyday life for Palestinians attempting to lead normal lives in this volatile city surrounded by checkpoints and barbed wired. Directed by award-winning Swedish documentarian Terje Carlsson.

7 p.m., June 16– “Village Under the Forest: Where Greening Is an Act of Obliteration” unfolds as a personal meditation from the Jewish Diaspora. “Village Under the Forest” explores the hidden remains of the destroyed Palestinian village of Lubya, which lies under a purposefully-cultivated forest plantation called South Africa Forest. Using the forest and the village ruins as metaphors, the documentary explores themes related to the erasure and persistence of memory and dares to imagine a future in which dignity, acknowledgement and co-habitation become shared possibilities in Israel/Palestine. Directed by Emmy-winner Mark J. Kaplan, the film is written and narrated by scholar and author Heidi Grunebaum.

7 p.m., June 23– Created by Australian journalists, “Stone Cold Justice” has sparked an international outcry against Israel after it explicitly detailed Tel Aviv’s use of torture against Palestinian children. The film documents how Palestinian children, who have been arrested and detained by Israeli forces, are subjected to physical abuse and torture, forced into false confessions and pushed into gathering intelligence on Palestinian activists.

The film series is presented by NJP, an ecumenical group of community members who organize local events to educate and advocate for justice and peace in Palestine/Israel. Members of the committee are available to speak about their experiences in Palestine/Israel.

For more information about the event or NJP, contact committee member Allison Schmitt at aschmitt001@luthersem.edu.