Hijacker: Leila Khaled of Palestine

September 24th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Lebanon, Palestine

    a co-presentation from Cinema Politica and Tadamon! Montreal

    MONDAY OCTOBER 6th, 19h30
    Concordia University
    room H-110. 1455 de maisonneuve
    metro Guy-Concordia

including the screening of War of 33 on Israel’s 2006 attack on Lebanon…

A film screening presented at Concordia University in Montreal, which will feature striking cinematic works on the Middle East, from the 2006 Israeli military attack on Lebanon captured by the celebrated Bid Noise Films from New York City, to the story of Leila Khaled, a Palestinian resistance fighter portrayed in film.

Big Noise Films. Lebanon/U.S. 2007 / 35 min.

An intimate, personal and powerful telling of the story of the 2006 war in Lebanon. A series of letters written by Hanady Salman – a mother living through the war in Beirut – carve a narrative arc through the intense and haunting images of conflict. She tells the stories of her family and the people she lives the war with: the refugees, the wounded, and the everyday Lebanese, struggling to maintain their sanity and their humanity during a time of war. The War of 33 is more than a document of a particular historical experience. What emerges is a universal story: a complex picture of love, pain, resistance and survival in the face of uncertainty and violence.

a film from Lina Makboul. Sweden. 2005 / 58 min

In 1969 Palestinian Leila Khaled made history by becoming the first woman to hijack an airplane. As a Palestinian child growing up in Sweden, filmmaker Lina Makboul admired Khaled for her bold actions; as an adult, she began asking complex questions about the legacy created by her childhood hero. This fascinating documentary is at once a portrait of Khaled, an exploration of the filmmaker’s own understanding of her Palestinian identity, and a complicated examination of the nebulous dichotomy between “terrorist” and “freedom fighter.”

An event taking place in the context of Tadamon!’s ongoing political campaigns operating in Canada, including the campaign for boycott, sanctions & divestment of the apartheid Israeli state and the campaign to challenge the listing of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization by the Canadian government.

* Tadamon!: Challenging Hezbollah’s listing as a ‘Terrorist’ Group in Canada

* Tadamon!: Boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israeli apartheid

Cinema Politica: to watch the trailers, read the full synopses and check out the Cinema Politica schedules across the network.

Cinema Politica is an überculture project, and is co-sponsored by CitizenShift and Concordia University Television (CUTV). Additional support comes from our friends at the Concordia Co-op Bookstore, the Cinema Politica Network is also supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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