Exploring the Israel-Palestine Conflict Through Film 2015: A Series

Presented by the Middle East Working Group and Adult Education Committee, this film series seeks to broaden an understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict for people just starting to learn about the issue as well as for seasoned activists. We will have an opportunity to learn and question together through moderated discussion after each film.

$5 donation requested, free refreshments provided.

Film Schedule (all descriptions from IMDb):
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

1913: Seeds of Conflict (Ben Loeterman, USA, 2015, 60 min.)

Most observers consider the Balfour Declaration and Mandate period of the 1920s as the origin of today’s Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Breaking new ground, 1913: Seeds of Conflict explores the divergent social forces growing in Palestine before World War I, when Arabs and Jews co-existed in harmony as Ottomans, each yearning for a land to call their own.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015         

The Time That Remains (Elia Suleiman, UK/Italy/Belgium/France, Palestine, 2009, 109 min.)

In four episodes, Suleiman recounts family stories inspired by his father Fuad's private diaries from when he was a resistance fighter in 1948, his mother’s letters to family members forced to leave the country during that period, and personal memories. The film portray the daily life of Palestinians—once the majority—who chose (and were permitted) to remain in the country as an "Israeli-Arab" minority.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

On the Side of the Road (Lia Tarachansky, Palestine/Israel, 2013, 82 min.)

The film focuses on Israeli collective denial of the events of 1948 that led to the country's Independence and the Palestinian refugee problem. It follows war veterans Tikva Honig-Parnass and Amnon Noiman as they tackle their denial of their actions in the war. The film also tells the story of the director, Lia Tarachansky, an Israeli who grew up in a settlement in the West Bank but as an adult began to realize the problems of the Israeli Occupation for the Palestinians. The film was shot over the course of five years and premiered at the First International Independent Film Festival in Tel Aviv.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Other Son (Lorraine Lévy, France, 2012, 105 min.)

This is the story of two families separated by a wall of war, different in everything, life, religion, beliefs, but are close to one another more than they can ever imagine. The Jewish family discover that their son (Joseph) has a blood group type different from his parents, so his father (Alon) can think of only two explanations: either his wife (Orith) has cheated on him, or the boy is not their son. Meanwhile a family doctor made a research and found that in that year when Orith had delivered her baby 18 years ago a raid hit that hospital, and in the panic of trying to escape and save the infants, the babies were switched by mistake. The problem is that the other baby lives on the other side of the wall, a Muslim from a Palestine family. The film tells the story of how these two families deal with this news, and how from being enemies they need to become a family.

Wednesday, January 20, 2015

The Law in These Parts (Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, Palestine/Israel, 2011, 100 min.)

The film chronicles Israel's 43-year military legal system in the Occupied Palestinian Territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The story unfolds through interviews with the architects of this legal system juxtaposed with historical footage showing the enactment of these laws upon the Palestinian population.

Note: Snow days are January 13 and 27.