Saint Mark's Mideast Focus Ministry Presents:

COPING WITH OCCUPATION:

AN ONLINE FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES 

Links to watch the films and participate in the discussions are sent out to the Mideast Focus mailing list (and by request). Watch the films any time before Friday evening. Live discussions with special guests begin at 8 p.m.

Contact info@saintmarks.org to be added to mailing list, or use this form. (Check the box marked "Mideast Focus.")

FRIDAY, JUNE 12

THE LOBBY—U.S.A.

The final offering in this spring's series is a film distilled from four documentary films by Al Jazeera. It is essential viewing if you want to understand why the United States gives uncritical support to Israel’s occupation of Palestine. The Lobby—U.S.A. will be paired with a short film by Farah Nabulsi, titled Oceans of Injustice. Watch the film at your convenience any time before Friday evening using these links:

The Lobby—USA

Oceans of Injustice

Then join together via Zoom at 8 p.m. on Friday June 12 for a live discussion with guest speaker former U.S. Attorney and current President of the Seattle/King County Bar Association John McKay. Email seattlemideastfocus@gmail.com for the link to join the discussion.


Earlier films in the online-only film series have included:

FRIDAY, APRIL 24

HURDLE

In the shadow of a wall stands a new generation of Palestinian. With defiant creativity they prove that no matter the height of the obstacle, one can always climb.

Hurdle reveals an important and intimate story emerging from the hearts and actions of Palestinian youth as the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories reached its 50th year. This new generation responds to a world of walls, checkpoints and arrests in an unexpected and inspiring way. Hurdle ’s protagonists, Sami and Mohammad, begin teaching the creative practices of parkour and photography, respectively, to the youth of their communities as a means to overcome the personal and political obstacles that often feel inescapable. Though these young men are separated by a wall, they are united in leading the next generation toward freedom and self-determination through creative practices.

With breathtaking visuals, amazing access and action-packed scenes, Hurdle provides an opportunity for a diverse audience to connect on a human level with a community that is underrepresented in the mainstream narrative. Hurdle not only documents the evolution of an age-old conflict, but stands as a harbinger as the global conversation focuses on wall-building and dehumanizing “the other.”

Trailer: https://youtu.be/chlWFCzVBp8

FRIDAY, MAY 15

VOICES ACROSS THE DIVIDE

Watch the film online any time between now and Friday evening, using this link: https://vimeo.com/73860850 (The film is 60 minutes long—begin watching at 7 p.m. at the latest in order to paricipate in the discussion at 8 p.m.)
Live Q&A with the director begins at 8:00 P.M. via Zoom. Email info@saintmarks.org to receive the link. Please note that the time of the Q&A has changed.

Voices Across the Divide is a powerful documentary and oral history project exploring the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through rarely heard personal stories. Narrated by Alice Rothchild, an American Jew raised on the tragedies of the Holocaust and the dream of a Jewish homeland in Israel, the film follows Alice's personal journey as she begin to understand the Palestinian narrative, while exploring the Palestinian experience of loss, occupation, statelessness, and immigration to the US.

FRIDAY, MAY 29

GAZA FIGHTS FOR FREEDOM

Filmed during the height of a six-week campaign of protests near the Gaza-Israeli border in 2018, this film features exclusive footage of the demonstrations. This documentary tells of Gaza’s complex history through rare archival footage, info-graphics, and first-hand accounts. Backed by thorough legal documentation and exclusive evidence, this film details Israeli military war crimes that are supported by our own country.  See the trailer here.

The documentary will be paired with NIGHTMARE OF GAZA, an award-winning short film by Farah Nebulsi.

After viewing the documentary, join together on Zoom for a live discussion with Former Congressman Dr. Brian Baird. Email Liz Gilbert, elizabethegg@hotmail.com , for the links to participate, or to sign up for the Mideast Focus mailing list and receive the links automatically.

FRIDAY, JUNE 5

IMPRISONING A GENERATION

This documentary film following the stories of four young Palestinians who have been detained and survive imprisonment under the Israeli military and political systems. Their perspectives, along with the voices of their families, form a lens into the entangled structures of oppression that pervade all aspects of life. Also included will be a short film by Farah Nabulsi titled Today, They Took My Son.

live discussion with with guest speaker: Author and physician Alice Rothchild


The films originally planned for the Spring 2020 Film Series are listed below. The first film in the series, Tel Aviv on Fire, was presented as planned. We hope to present the remaining three films at a future time. 

 

FEBRUARY 28

TEL AVIV ON FIRE

This comedy highlights the awful absurdity of the Occupation—and proves it’s possible to find humor in the midst of cultural conflict. Ordinary life is impossible to disentangle from political trauma for a dialogue coach working on a Palestinian soap opera. In this film, comedy sprouts from an absurd and tangeld reality. Winner of the Best Film and Best Screenplay awards at the Haifa International Film Festival 2019. (Opening reception at 6:15 p.m.)

with guest speaker: Playwright Ed Mast

GAZA FIGHTS FOR FREEDOM

Filmed during the height of a six-week campaign of protests near the Gaza-Israeli border in 2018, this film features exclusive footage of the demonstrations. This documentary tells of Gaza’s comlex history through rare archival footage, info-graphics, and first-hand accounts. Backed by thorough legal documentation and exclusive evidence, this film details Israeli military war crimes that are supported by our own country.

with guest speaker: Former Congressman Brian Baird

IMPRISONING A GENERATION

This documentary film following the stories of four young Palestinians who have been detained and survive imprisonment under the Israeli military and political systems. Their perspectives, along with the voices of their families, form a lens into the entangled structures of oppression that pervade all aspects of life. Also included will be a short film by Farah Nabulsi titled Today, They Took My Son.

with guest speaker: Author and physician Alice Rothchild

THE LOBBY—U.S.A.

This film is distilled from four documentary films by Al Jazeera. It is essential viewing if you want to understand why the United States gives uncritical support to Israel’s occupation of Palestine. The Lobby—U.S.A. will be paired with a short film by Farah Nabulsi, titled Oceans of Injustice.

with guest speaker: Attorney John McKay


The previous Spring 2019 Mideast Focus Film Series featured: 


More about the series:

Mideast Focus Ministry Mission:
This ministry works through prayer, education and action with Saint Mark’s and the greater Seattle community, to educate and promote understanding about the struggle for peace and justice in the Holy Land.

Mideast Focus Film Series Goal:
Our concern is to help balance the limited and confusing media coverage of the Holy Land. We use compelling films as an entry point for reflection and discussion. As Christians, we respond to Christ’s call to seek justice and love the oppressed. As Americans, we ask: Can we reconcile this calling with our government’s massive financial support of Israel’s military operations? We hope the time will come when Jews, Muslims and Christians will again come together in harmony in the Holy Land.

Why These Films?
As our country presents less than humane greetings for refugees at our border, we want to recommit ourselves to a more conscious, caring and Godly response—to recognize and serve our brothers and sisters who are, for a difficult time, homeless. In this series we explore what it is to be a refugee.