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Announcement :: Human Rights
PALESTINIAN FILM MAKER TOUR COMES TO BOSTON
by Jamadagni das
02 May 2006
Harvard University's Alliance For Justice in the Middle East and BostonToPalestine present
An evening of film makers and shorts from Balata Refugee Camp
Wednesday, May 10, at 7 PM
Fong Auditorium in Boylston Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge
For directions visit: http://map.harvard.edu/
The Balata Film Collective was initiated to enable young Palestinians from
Balata Refugee camp to use film as a method to break their isolation,
challenge their oppression, and represent their lives to the world. This
May 2006, 3 members of the collective will tour the US to share their films
and their stories, and hope to build connections with other film makers
involved in the global struggle for justice and liberation.
For more info visit: http://www.balatacamp.net
Ruby Said (26 years old), who had no prior experience with video cameras
or computers, became active in the Balata Film Collective in Spring of
2005. Since then, she has participated in the making of 5 short films and
the documentary film "Nour's Dream". Ruby is also a women's rights
activist and a secretary at the Yafa Cultural Center where she coordinates
Mohammed Farraj (28 years old) helped to found the Balata Film Collective
and balatacamp.net news service after he was released from spending 2
years in Israeli prisons in winter of 2004. Mohammed is a prisoner rights
and human rights activist and a journalism student at An-Najah National
Mohammed Hajhamad (32 years old) has run many drama programs and summer
camps for children in Balata Camp, and he is the head theater trainer of
A'edoon ("We Will Return") Dabke and Art Theater group in Balata Camp's
Yafa Cultural Center. Mohammed has been working in theater since 1993,
and has directed many plays, several television pieces, and most recently
the documentary film "Nour's Dream".
Why do we make films?
"We all know that the Palestinians are suffering due to the Israeli
occupation, but the media coverage is either not enough or untrue. Because
the media plays such an important role in clarifying the truth of this
conflict, we saw that creating our own media is the best way of achieving
The Alliance for Justice in the Middle East (AJME) is a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and concerned members of the community at Harvard University organized on the principles of justice, human rights, and self-determination for all peoples. As solidarity activists we believe that a just resolution to the plights of Palestinians, Iraqis, and Afghans, among others, must be grounded in key principles of international law, human rights, and the most fundamental and basic standard of justice.
BostonToPalestine (B2P) is an all-volunteer organization that has helped send more than forty local activists to the West Bank since 2002 for solidarity delegations and to join in nonviolent resistance to occupation.
For more info contact solidaritywithpalestine (at) gmail.com.
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