MELBOURNE Palestinian Film Festival 2010
November 25-28 2010
Cinema Nova, Carlton
Cultural Media presents the 3rd Palestinian Film Festival. This year’s theme is Visit Palestine in Reel-Time, inviting film-goers on an unforgettable journey through the complexity yet undeniable beauty of Palestine.
Australian Society for the Palestinian – Iraqi Refugees Emergency
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In 2009, 16 families stranded for years on the Syrian-Iraqi border were resettled in Australia thanks to the wonderful work of ASPIRE volunteers and Amnesty International Australia.
Eleven families are now living in Perth and five families are now living in Melbourne.
Please join in to Welcome the families.
Report on play and the panel discussion that followed – By Sonja Karkar
The stars were definitely aligned yesterday evening when play, acting and panel discussion all came together in one powerful surge that marked yet another turning point for Palestine in the usual hostile climate we’ve all grown used to in Melbourne. Not only did Hannah Norris step into the persona of Rachel Corrie conveying all her passion and idealism as though she was truly amongst us in Daniel Clarke’s dramatic yet sensitive production, but the panel discussion that followed took the audience to realms that no one thought possible. After the last tear was wiped away when the lights dimmed on 10-year-old Rachel’s rallying words to end poverty, a panel discussion was in danger of being a cliched afterthought. Not so. It was without doubt the most riveting discussion seen in many years heightened by the unexpected participation of Julian Burnside QC who said he was there to provide “balance”. No one knew what to expect. Read more
PLAY: “My Name is Rachel Corrie” 4-14 November, 2010
PANEL DISCUSSION: After Sunday 7 November performance at 5.00pm with Michael Shaik, Samah Sabawi, Jeffrey Loewenstein and Julian Burnside QC
My Name is Rachel Corrie is a play based on the diaries and emails of Rachel Corrie, edited by Katharine Viner and Alan Rickman, who directed it. Rachel Aliene Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) was an American Evergreen State College student and member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who traveled to the Gaza Strip during the Second Intifada. She was killed by a Caterpillar D9R armored bulldozer operated by the Israel Occupation Forces (IOF) during a protest against the destruction of Palestinian homes by the IOF in the Gaza Strip. The details of the events surrounding Corrie’s death are disputed. While an Israeli military investigation ruled the death was an accident, Corries’ parents and the ISM maintain that Corrie was run over deliberately.
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