Documentaries from Palestine / Israel

January 18th, 2009 | Posted in Canada, Culture, Palestine, Quebec

Cinema Politica launch for winter/spring 2009 program. co-presented by Tadamon!

    MONDAY JANUARY 19th 19h30
    Concordia University, room H-110
    1455 de Maisonneuve
    metro Guy-Concordia
    Montreal, Quebec

Cinema Politica invites you to the launch of our Winter/Spring 2009 Program: a screening of two incredible documentaries from Israeli and Palestinian directors, including a surprise feature documentary from Palestine…

In solidarity with the 1.5 million people of Gaza who are currently under a brutal, asymmetrical violent siege, we bring you the first night of political cinema in Cinema Politica Concordia’s Winter/Spring 2009 Program.

It will be a night of powerful moving images that show the complexities of the conflict and occupation in the Middle East – from both an Israeli and Palestinian perspective.

first film: To see if I’m Smiling
(Lir’ot Im Ani Mehayechet).
Tamar Yarom/Israel/2007/60min

Israel is the only country in the world where 18-year-old girls are drafted for compulsory military service. In this award-winning documentary, the frank testimonials of six female Israeli soldiers stationed in Gaza and the West Bank pack a powerful emotional punch. The young women revisit their tours of duty in the occupied territories with surprising honesty and strip bare stereotypes of gender differences in the military. The former soldiers share shocking moments of negligence, flippancy, immaturity and power-tripping as they describe atrocities they witnessed and participated in.

The psychological transformation that these young women underwent as a result of military service is both upsetting and riveting. The culture of war transforms people: personalities change, moral codes are subverted, values are supplanted and masks are constructed to dull the pain of what they did and didn’t do in uniform. At a time when women in the military are increasingly on the front-lines, and the actions of soldiers all over the world are being questioned, this powerful film explores the ways that gender, ethics and moral responsibility intersect during war. info on-line.

second film: A Surprise Feature Documentary from Occupied Palestine

Our second film is a surprise feature doc that will be announced the evening of this screening. That’s all we can say for now. Trust us, it will be incredible.

Cinema Politica is a grassroots network that distributes and exhibits political cinema at campuses and communities across Canada and internationally. Screenings are by-donation and focus on independent documentaries. Our national partner is CitizenShift). The Cinema Politica Network is also supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.



Comment by youcef — January 20th, 2009 @ 1:14 PM

Comment peut-on avoir ses documents ? On souhaite les projeter à l’université.

Comment by youcef — January 20th, 2009 @ 1:20 PM

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