April 6, 2006
DISCORDIA: When Netanyahu Came to Town

Humanities Building, Room 1111
455 N. Park St
Thursday, 7:00 pm

Al-Awda, the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, the Havens Center and The Social Justice Films Series present: DISCORDIA: When Netanyahu Came to Town

What happens when Middle East politics touch down on campus? Discordia examines the September 2002 riot that prevented former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu from speaking at Concordia University in Montreal. Through a portrait of three students (a member of Hillel, an anti-Zionist Jew, and a Palestinian) the film delves into issues that are highly relevant for the UW-Madison community, including military recruiting, the politics of multiculturalism, free speech, student movement strategies and tactics, and the repression of activists on North American campuses.

The film will be followed by a short discussion with members of Al-Awda: The Palestinian Right To Return Coalition, the Arab Student Association, and a former Concordia University student who was involved in the protests.

September 22 – December 1, 2005
Film Series: “Finding Hope in Unexpected Places”

A Community Film Series
September 22 – Uncovered: The War on Iraq
October 20 – Rana’s Wedding
November 10 – Hidden in Plain Sight
December 1 – Until When . . .

Edgewood College, Predolin Humanities Center, Anderson Auditorium
7:00 pm for all showings

“The Arts Go to War”, an Edgewood human issues class; the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, and the School of the Americas Watch — Madison join forces to bring you four thought-provoking, disturbing, and enlightening films. An audience discussion will follow each film. All films are free and open to the public.

September 22 – Uncovered: The War on Iraq
Documentary; Director: Robert Greenwald; 2004; 87 minutes
Filmmaker Robert Greenwald chronicles the Bush Administration’s case to invade Iraq following Sept. 11, 2001. The film examines the administration’s argument for war through interviews with U.S intelligence and defense officials, foreign service experts and U.N. weapons inspectors — including a former CIA director, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and President Bush’s Secretary of the Army.

“When the Bush Administration’s case for war in Iraq shifted from the existence of weapons of mass destruction to the existence of ‘weapons of mass destruction-related activities’, director Robert Greenwald got angry. Uncovered: The War On Iraq is his response; a powerful, well-constructed and sober documentary that – via a dense collection of interviews with intelligence experts, diplomats, weapons inspectors, and politicians – painstakingly and ruthlessly takes apart the American government’s changing arguments for invasion.” – Jonathan Trout, BBC

October 20 – Rana’s Wedding
Feature; Director: Hany Abu-Assad; 2002; 90 minutes
Shot on location in East Jerusalem, Ramallah, and checkpoints in between, Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad sees the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the eyes of a young woman who, with only ten hours to marry, must negotiate her way around roadblocks, soldiers, stonethrowers, overworked officials and into the heart of an elusive lover.

Roger Ebert says Rana’s Wedding is ” . . . fascinating as a document. It gives a more complete visual picture of the borders, the Palestinian settlements and the streets of Jerusalem than we ever see on the news . . .” Phil Hall of Film Threat says Rana’s Wedding is “among the finest films made in the Middle East.”

November 10 – Hidden in Plain Sight
Documentary; Director: John H. Smihula; 2003; 90 minutes
Hidden in Plain Sight is a feature-length documentary that looks at the nature of U.S. policy in Latin America through the prism of the School of the Americas (renamed, in January of 2001, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation), the controversial military school that trains Latin American soldiers in the USA.

Demonstrators denounce the SOA as a “School of Assassins,” but Army officials argue that the school has played a crucial role in bringing democracy and stability to Latin America. On this issue, the U.S. Congress is sharply divided. Enter noted scholars Noam Chomsky, Eduardo Galeano, Christopher Hitchens, and Michael Parenti, who broaden the debate to include such subjects as militarism, globalization, national security, and international terrorism. Personal accounts from victims of the violence and repression in Latin America raise questions and concerns about the true aims of U.S. foreign policy.

Informative and provocative, this documentary presents different points of view which illuminate the turbulent reality of Latin America, demystify the policy-making process, and shed light on some of the most complex and urgent problems facing U.S. citizens today.

December 1 – Until When . . .
Documentary; Director: Dahna Abourahme; 2004; 76 minutes
Until When . . . explores the lives of four Palestinian families who live in Dheisheh Refugee Camp near Bethlehem. People share their experiences with the Israeli occupation and how it affects their lives. Director Dahna Abourahme integrates archival photographs, map animations, and informational text into the film’s historical journey. The personal stories convey sadness, frustration and nostalgia for absent family members. However, they live and marry, so the families dance and ululate when they celebrate momentous occasions.

Sonia Nettnin writes in Scoop: “Palestinians affirm their human rights to freedom from oppression now and for future generations. Their shared feelings weave a narrative thread that leads to hope.”

Sr. Maureen McDonnell, mcdonnel at edgewood.edu
RafahSisterCity at yahoo.com

FEBRUARY 25, 2005
“Voices, Images and Hearts”

Barrymore Theatre
2090 Atwood Avenue
5:00-9:30 pm

Celebrating Solidarity from Latin America to the Middle East

An Evening of Solidarity Films and Food– Featuring Saul and Greg Landau, Special Guest renowned cinematographer Haskell Wexler, and Evening DJ by rapper “The Iron Sheik”. Part of the sixth annual Cinefest.

This event is a benefit for the Wisconsin Coordinating Council on Nicaragua, Madison Rafah Sister City Project and Madison Arcatao Sister City Project. Tickets are $10/$5 for students, and are available at the Barrymore Box Office or at WCCN, 122 State Street.

5-6 p.m.: Reception/Social Hour with Arabic and Latin American food for purchase.

6 p.m.: The Sixth Sun: Mayan Uprising in Chiapas, directed by Saul Landau, 1996. Just before dawn on New Years Day 1994, armed Mayan Indians declared war on the government of Mexico. They seized eight towns in Chiapas and set in motion events that ripped away a facade of prosperity and stability to reveal the other Mexico. Calling themselves the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), they demanded land, public services and Indian autonomy. This documentary features in-depth interviews with people from EZLN, as well as others involved in the conflict, and examines issues surrounding global economic integration.

7:30 p.m.: Syria: Between Iraq and a Hard Place, directed by Saul Landau, Sonia Angulo and Farrah Hassen, 2004. Saul Landau presents the Wisconsin premiere of his film that examines present-day Syria. The country lives with the tension of maintaining centuries-old traditions in the face of modern culture and economics, the aftermath of the war in 1973 and the decline in U.S.-Syrian relations since the Iraq War.

8:30 p.m.: Rock Down Central America, directed by Greg Landau, 1989. This music documentary follows a Nicaraguan reggae band back to its hometown. Filmed during the Sandinista revolution in 1988, it captures the culture and political aspirations of the people of the Atlantic coast region of Nicaragua, along with a lot of great music.

Contact: Barbara Alvarado mascp at charterinternet.net. For more information on the other films to be shown this week, see Cinefest www.cinefest.wisc.edu or contact Willie Ney at 262-2811.

January 26, 2005
Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land at Edgewood

U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Anderson Auditorium, Predolin Hall
Edgewood College, Madison
7:00 – 9:30 pm

Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land
This pivotal video exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites–working in combination with Israeli public relations strategies–exercise a powerful influence over news reporting about the Middle East conflict. Combining American and British TV news clips with observations of analysts, journalists, and political activists, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking media comparison and an examination of factors that have distorted U.S. media coverage and, in turn, American public opinion.

I cannot recommend this documentary too highly. It should be required viewing for every student, for every taxpayer who is subsidizing the Israeli military machine, for every citizen in the United States.
Robert McChesney, University of Illinois

October 23, 2004
Film: The Fourth World War

Humanities, Rm 3650
7:00 pm

The Fourth World War will have its Madison premiere hosted by producers/directors Rick Rowley and Jacqueline Soohen. MRSCP is one of the co-sponsors of this showing.

Shot on the front lines of struggles spanning five continents, The Fourth World War is the untold story of people who resist being annihilated in the current global conflict. The film weaves together the images and voices of the war on the ground — in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Palestine, Korea, Seattle, Genoa and New York. The intensity and immediacy of its images are beyond anything the mainstream media can shoot, the intimacy and passion of its stories are beyond anything it can feel. Narrated by Tony Award winner Suheir Hammad and Singer Michael Franti of Spearhead, it is a radical story of hope and human connection in the face of a war that shatters and divides.

Richard Rowley and Jacqueline Soohen are New York-based filmmakers whose groundbreaking feature documentaries Zapatista (1998), Black and Gold (1999), and This is What Democracy Looks Like (2000) have won top honors at hundreds of film festivals worldwide. Established video journalists, they have reported from Argentina, Afghanistan, Iraq, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, East Timor, South Africa, and Palestine, where they were the only video team to break the 2002 siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Free and open to the public. For info call 262-9036.

April 26, 2004
Balata Refugee Camp Tour

Immanuel Lutheran Church
1021 Spaight Street, Madison

1:00 – 3:30 pm: East High School students
4:00 – 6:00 pm: Benefit Perennial Plant Sale
6:30 – 9:30 pm: Main Program and Bake Sale
8:00 pm: Film and Discussion

WORT’s The Morning Buzz with Linda Jamieson at 8 am will discuss the display with one of the creators.

Background from the creators of the Balata Refugee Camp Installation, Mika and Kelly:

We’re creating an installation composed of pictures, sound, childrens art,
photos, film, stories and interviews from Balata Refugee Camp. The content
is determined by the people of the camp, and will both represent life here
and bring a message to people in the ‘West’. We hope to take the project
on tour around the US, UK and Sweden, aiming to raise awareness about the
complex and desperate situation in the refugee camps, spur viewers into
action and build links between people and organisations in Balata camp and
others outside. This connections will hopefully lead to increased visits
and new projects such as a library and cultural centre.

The installation will be on tour around the US, UK and Sweden from early
March onwards. We hope to show it both in large cities and smaller
communities, in venues such as schools, exhibition halls, churches – the
more imaginative the better.

Why Balata?
Balata Refugee Camp is one of the most hard hit communities in the West
Bank. Refugees from the 1948 expulsion, over 30,000 residents are
crammed into a single, suffocating square kilometre. Unemployment is the
norm, and most families rely on UN handouts for survival. Daily
‘visits’ by Israeli military jeeps and tanks that park at the entrances
and shoot into the camp are taken for granted. It is rare to meet somebody
who hasn’t tasted tear gas; every second boy seems to have been shot at
some stage, and there isn’t a house the soldiers haven’t entered at some

Despite being the largest refugee camp in the West Bank, Balata receives
very limited outside support. Visitors are rare and links to abroad are
practically non-existent.

March 9, 2004
Madison Premiere of The Killing Zone

Tuesday, March 9
The Crossing
1127 University Avenue
(University and Charter)
7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 10
Grainger Hall
Morgridge Auditorium
(University and Park)
7:00 pm

The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project is hosting the Madison premiere of The Killing Zone, a 45-minute British documentary about conditions in Rafah and the murders of International Solidarity Movement workers Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurndall, and British TV journalist James Miller. The film was made soon after Corrie’s death and during the shootings of Hurndall and Miller.

Laura Gordon will speak at both showings. Laura went to Israel with the “Birthright Israel” program, but wound up spending nearly a year in Rafah with the ISM trying to protect Palestinian civilians.

Admission to these benefit showings is free and open to the public, but a collection will be taken for Rafah relief projects. These projects will be guided by our recent delegation to Rafah, and will address education, medical aid, and emergency assistance to orphans and families.

Co-sponsored by WORT 89.9FM and the Madison-Arcatao (El Salvador) Sister City Project

For more information, contact: RafahSisterCity at Yahoo.com

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land: U.S. Media & The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Saturday, Nov 8, 2003
4:45-6:45 pm
Red Gym Media Room
Campus Information and Visitor Center
617 Langdon St

This pivotal video exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites ó working in combination with Israeli public relations strategies ó exercise a powerful influence over news reporting about the Middle East conflict. Combining American and British TV news clips with observations of analysts, journalists, and political activists, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides an historical overview, a striking media comparison, and an examination of factors that have distorted U.S. media coverage and, in turn, American public opinion.

Interviewees include Seth Ackerman, Maj. Stav Adivi, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Hanan Ashrawi, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Dr. Neve Gordon, Toufic Haddad, Sam Husseini, Hussein Ibish, Robert Jensen, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Karen Pfeifer, Alisa Solomon, and Gila Svirsky. The producer and special guests will be on hand to answer questions.

The Media Education Foundation (MEF) presents this world premiere as part of the National Conference on Media Reform, November 7-9, Madison, WI.