May 22 2008: Film Screenings for 60th Anniversary of al-Nakba


Film Screenings and Discussion with Sobhi al-Zobaidi
May 22nd, 7pm
Rhizome Cafe, 317 East Broadway

29 minutes, Arabic with English subtitles

*Best Documentary Short in the San Francisco International Film Festival, 2003
*Visionary Documentary, Arab Cultural Center, San Francisco 2002
*Special Honor, Tehran International Short Film Festival, 2003

Children of Ibdaa follows the lives of several Palestinian adolescents from the Dheisheh refugee camp in the West Bank. As members of a traditional dance troupe, they use performance to express the history, struggle, and aspirations of the Palestinian people, specifically the fight to return to their homeland. Through interviews and documentation of the children, the video offers insight into their families’ displacement from their villages in historical Palestine, the physically and emotionally stressful aspects of life in a refugee camp, and the unique experience of participating in the politically motivated dance troupe. The story culminates in a visit by the children for the first time to demolished villages from which their grandparents were expelled in 1948.

33 minutes, Arabic with English subtitles

On the morning of April 9, 1948 Zionist militias combined forces to attack the small Palestinian village of Deir Yassin, brutally slaughtering 254 men, women and children. Because of its strategic importance in the corridor between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Deir Yassin was included in a broader campaign of ethnic cleansing by Zionist forces during the war of 1948 that was responsible for the expulsion of over 800,000 Palestinian refugees from their homes and land. After completing a spree of killing, rape, and looting, Zionist militias systematically destroyed the village’s homes with dynamite and grenades. Deir Yassin has become an  infamous example of the brutality enacted on the Palestinian people during Israel’s “War of Independence”, known as al-Nakba (The Catastrophe) by Palestinians.

Followed by discussion with SOBHI AL-ZUBAIDI, a Vancouver-based filmmaker and artist. He taught film and media at Birzeit and Al-Quds universities in Palestine, and is currently working on doctoral research at SFU on issues relating to dispossession and memory.

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