Films examine real, virtual walls that imprison Palestinians

Jun 11 2019 7:00 pm
Location: 
Bethel Lutheran Church, Northfield

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From literal prisons to the virtual prison that is Gaza, the 11th annual Palestine Film Festival will explore how the Israeli occupation restricts the freedom of Palestinians young and old. Two films focus on the incarceration of Palestinian youth; another explores the inhumane living conditions of those imprisoned by Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

All shows begin at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 11, 2019, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Ave., Northfield, and are free and open to the public. Each evening will end with discussion and a brief question-and-answer period.

text-autospace:none">7 p.m., June 11 – 12.0pt">“How Are the Children? Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Detention”: The Maasai people of Africa often greet each other with a phrase that means “How are the children?” This film, created by the United Church of Christ Palestine Israel Network, tries to answer that question about the children of Palestine. It was created in response to the UCC’s 2017 resolution to advocate for children living in Israeli-occupied Palestine. The film examines the Israeli military detention system and its effects on children, families and communities; it notes Israel’s violations of international law and explores U.S. complicity. It also looks at the ways the UCC and other denominations are educating their members about these abuses and offers action steps to affect change for the children of Palestine.

7 p.m., June 18 – “Killing Gaza”: Independent journalists Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen documented Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza during the war and chronicled its horrific aftermath. As they waded through the rubble of Gaza’s destroyed border regions, they turned a camera onto the survivors of the slaughter and let them speak for themselves. While a chilling visual document of war crimes committed by the Israeli military, “Killing Gaza” also highlights Gazans’ inspiring acts of creative resistance, from painting to break-dancing to literature, which allows them to maintain their humanity in the face of deprivation and war. 

7 p.m., June 25 – “Imprisoning a Generation” is a documentary film that follows four young Palestinians who have been detained and imprisoned under the Israeli military and political system. Their viewpoints, along with the voices of their families, offer a perspective of the tangled structures that oppress Palestinians well beyond prison walls.

The film series is organized by NJP, a diverse 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, visit the website at www.njpmn.org or by e-mail at info@njpmn.org.

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