Existence is Resistance

Date: Friday 8th December, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Inkwell Arts, 31 Potternewton Lane, LS7 3LW

This event is ‘pay-as-you-feel’, tickets can be reserved on Eventbrite

An evening on the theme of ‘Sumud’ – literally ‘steadfastness’ – with three short films and a photographic exhibition of Sumud posters from the Separation Wall in Bethlehem. Daz Chandler, the Director of one of the films (‘Shireen of al-Walaja’) will join us to talk about issues raised in her film.

There will also be refreshments available at the lovely Inkwell Arts Cafe and Fairtrade Palestinian crafts and Zaytoun produce (olive oil and dates etc.) will be on sale – they make great Christmas presents!

To exist is to resist poster

Sumud: Everyday Resistance

Sumud: Everyday Resistance examines life under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank through the stories of Palestinian women. Seeing women as drivers of change, the film presents its subjects not as victims, but as proactive, engaged, and dignified. It takes its title from the Palestinian concept ‘sumud’ which speaks to the Palestinians’ steadfast commitment to their homeland, and their determination to vindicate their rights.

Dir: Bryan Gerard Duffy, 2016, 12 mins, Subtitled 

 Journey of a Sofa

You may think that transporting a newly purchased sofa home is an easy task. In a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, it becomes a Sisyphean journey revealing the complexities and absurdities of everyday life in the Shatila camp in Lebanon. (Running time 9 minutes).

Dir. Alaa Al Ali, 2014, 9 min, Palestine, Subtitled

Shireen of al-Walaja

An intimate portrait of the day-to-day life of a dynamic popular resistance leader from Palestine who quit her job with the UN to return to her home village of al-Walaja and fight for its survival. Shot on location over four years, Shireen of al-Walaja provides a refreshingly candid insight into just what it is that motivates someone to put their life on hold in favour of becoming a full-time activist. (Running time 28 minutes)

Dir. Daz Chandler, 28 mins, 2015, Australia/Palestine

Exhibition of Sumud Posters

The posters, created on the Separation Wall in Bethlehem, communicate Palestinian women’s stories of oppression as well as ‘sumud’ (steadfastness or resilience), inner strength and cultural identity. They are chosen by Palestinian women’s groups to bring out the truth of Palestinian life, which the Wall tries to hide and kill.

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