Palestinian film fest in Portland

Posted Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Culture

Palestinian film fest in Portland

PORTLAND — A Palestinian film festival is taking place in Portland during the first week of December, organized by Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights. 

Proceeds from the events will go to the Middle East Children’s Alliance water project to bring clean, safe water to the children of Gaza. Palestinian pottery and olive oil will be for sale at all three movie showings.

The following films will be shown:

Thursday, Dec. 1: "Jenin Jenin," a documentary of the city and refugee camp destroyed by Israeli forces in April 2002 and the indomitable spirit of the Palestinians in their struggle for human rights and statehood. Jim Matlack, who has been engaged with the Israel/Palestinian conflict for four decades, will lead a discussion following the film.

The movie begins at 7:30 p.m. at Space Gallery, 538 Congress St. Cost is $7, or $5 for members of Space or Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights (MVPR) and students with ID.

Friday, Dec. 2: "Eyewitness Gaza," a documentary of life in Gaza following Israel’s attack in the winter of 2008-09. The focus is on Gazan youths’ ability to survive a siege and marginalization by the world community. Director Tom Jackson will attend the showing and answer questions afterwards.

The event starts at 8 p.m. in the Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St. Cost is $7, $5 for MVPR and Peace Action Maine members and students with ID.

Saturday, Dec. 3: "Salt of This Sea," a feature-length film, starring Palestinian poet Suheir Hammad. The political yet lyrical film tells the story of a Palestinian-American (Hammad) who decides to leave Brooklyn, reclaim her birthright and live in her homeland.

The movie is at 7:30 p.m. in Space Gallery, 538 Congress St. Cost is $7, $5 for Space and MVPR members and students with ID.

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