WHAT’S ON NATIONWIDE
The Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
Sat 11th July, 8pm €6
Film: Five Broken Cameras
Aoife’s Cafe & Gallery 33 The Mall, Waterford City
Wednesday 8th July to Saturday 11th July
Visual art exhibition in support of Palestine
Counihans, GPO, Cork City.
Fri 10th July 8.30pm
Blues4Palestine – Karan Casey, Pat Crowley and Dizzys.
Film “Small Hands In Handcuffs” by 16-year-old Anraí Carroll.
Friday 10th July, 3:30pm-6:30pm
Admission Free, donations for Palestine welcome
An afternoon of music, song, poetry and performance in Camden Palace Hotel Arts Centre Cork. The line-up includes poems about Palestine, as well as a performance of ‘Innocent Child’, an original song by Head or Heart. This will be coupled with a viewing of their new video about the children of Gaza.
Thurs 9th July 7.30pm
Screening of “Palestine” 1978 documentary by Richard Broad. With post-show talk by the director.
In collaboration with PalFest Ireland, KAVA (Kinvara Area Visual Arts) is holding two separate events at the same time on the 9th and 10th of July in the Courthouse, Kinvara, Co. Galway.
The first of these events is the screening of a film at 7.30 on the 9th July in the Courthouse, Kinvara.
‘Abdication’ is the final part of a three part documentary series called ‘Palestine’ made in 1979 for Thames TV. It was written and directed by Richard Broad who now lives in Kinvara and it covers the years of British rule in Palestine through the tragic decades that lead up to the establishment of the state of Israel and the Palestinian Diaspora in 1948.
The series won an Emmy and to quote one of the many glowing reviews at the time:
‘Palestine’ is one of the best and most scrupulous television documentaries ever made on any subject. A superb piece of work.” Financial Times
Although made nearly 40 years ago, ‘Abdication’ and the story it tells is still crucially relevant to the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians today. It gives an unerring insight into the roots of one of the world’s most intractable political problems.
Richard has made over 90 major documentaries on a wide variety of subjects. These range from histories to films on the environment and social issues including a number of drama documentaries. He came to Ireland in 1982 to make the Thames TV series ‘The Troubles’ a five part series on the roots and causes of the Northern Ireland problem and liked the country where he was to meet his future Irish wife. In 1996 he retired to live in Kinvara.
Richard will introduce the film and briefly summarise what is in the first two programmes.
The programme’s film researcher, Taylor Downing, who would go on to become a distinguished film maker, historian and writer, will also be present.
After the showing both will be happy to answer questions as part of a wider discussion.
Fri 10th July 12.30pm-1.30pm
Talk by Algerian/Belgian photographer Asmaa Seba about her exhibition ‘Fishermen of Gaza: A Love Story in Danger”.
“Fishermen of Gaza, a Love Story in danger”
On the sidelines of a project with children in the refugees’ camp in Gaza (“Gaza seen by its children, Therapy trough Photography”), the Belgian photographer Asmaa Seba decided to point her lens on the plight of Gaza’s fishermen. Her exhibition testifies of the illegal sea blockade and the brutality of the Israeli occupation on innocent fishermen who just want to live with dignity trough their trade.
“While Gaza is under siege, and the access to the sea locked, the future of Gaza’s fishermen seems darker than ever …At night, the lights of dozens of small boats lined up along the dark horizon. From time to time, powerful lamps coming from Israeli warships scan the night and warn the fishermen to stay close to the shore. Gunfire echoing in the distance. In their struggle to earn a living, fishermen are forced to sail in the limit of 6 miles from the shore because of the sea blockade imposed by Israel. If they try to sail beyond that limit to catch some fish, they are immediately arrested, blindfolded and interrogated before being released from prison like criminals. Most of them experience the confiscation of their boats, being forced for months to stop sailing and therefore not work.
In a world that aspires to be a global village where every citizen likes to define himself as a citizen of the world, Palestine became an overgrown land full of checkpoints, a minefield infested with explosives, that continues to plague in one of the most persistent and violent form of racism – racism unworthy of our time- and against which i decided to testify using my only weapon, my camera to immortalize what will never die: the resilience and bravery of Palestinians. “
Pery’s Best Western Hotel,
Wednesday 8th July, 8pm
As part of PalFest Ireland, a series of cultural events organised by cultural workers in Ireland to commemorate the start of Israel’s attack on Gaza last July, Limerick IPSC (Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign) is screening “Roadmap to Apartheid” on Wednesday 8th July at 8pm in Pery’s Best Western Hotel, Glentworth St.
There will be a Q and A afterwards with local activists.
In this award-winning documentary, the first-time directors take a detailed look at the apartheid analogy commonly used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Narrated by Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple), Roadmap to Apartheid is as much a historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa, as it is a film about why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today, and why an increasing number of people around the world agree with them.
While not perfect, the apartheid analogy is a useful framework by which to educate people on the complex issues facing Israelis and Palestinians. Our film delves into those issues, comparing the many similar laws and tools used by both Israel and apartheid-era South Africa. The audience will see what life is like for Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and inside Israel while gaining a deeper understanding of the conflict with the help of respected analysts on the subject. Combined with archival material and anecdotes from South Africans, the film forms a complete picture as to why the analogy is being used with increasing frequency and potency.
ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU SAYS:
“Roadmap To Apartheid is very powerful and compelling, and the visuals of house demolitions are appalling. Religion is repeatedly misused by politicians. Yet one of the lessons of Jewish history is that God is always on the side of the oppressed. Another is that those who dehumanize others, dehumanize themselves. Israelis will pay a heavy price for their callous mistreatment of Palestinians.”
NAOMI KLEIN, Author and filmmaker says:
“Roadmap to Apartheid is a harrowing exposé of Israel’s unique system of official discrimination.”
Read this review from Electronic Intifada.