Palestinian films and Canadian solidarity: can watching help?

Webinar at 6 pm MT, Thursday, Nov 18, 2021
Film available for viewing, November 11 to 18

In the wide selection of Palestinian films which Netflix recently began to stream, some focused on Palestinian refugees outside Occupied Palestine. The situation for these refugees usually leaves viewers with as many questions as answers. When Canadians do watch, can viewing lead to deeper awareness? Is it too hopeful to think these stories might move viewers to more active forms of support? These are some of the questions under consideration in CEPAL’s first “Dialogue with the Diaspora” webinar. For those who want to know more and go deeper, this event will introduce you to a trio of speakers with long-term and varied experience in combining film and activism:

Robert Allison, Communications Director, Hamilton Voices of Palestine Film Screenings
Dania Majid, Programmer and Media Relations, Toronto Palestine Film Festival
Thomas Morgan, Producer-director of Soufra, and other films
Henry Zaccak, Moderator, President, Canadian-Palestinian Education Exchange


After registering, you will receive a link to view the film Soufra on-line in the week prior to the webinar (film running time: 70 minutes.)

Soufra follows a group of women entrepreneurs at Burj al Barajneh camp in south Beirut. In the face of huge obstacles, they show unrelenting belief in each other, and their small business begins to take root. But the real test comes next, when they attempt to add on a food truck service which could carry business outside of their camp. 
There is a free viewing option, thanks to the generous sponsorship of PSN Edmonton and Just Peace Advocates.


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