April 2, 2013

Corvallis Palestinian Cultural Festival Coming

Palestinian Cultural Festival
dinner, auction, and film series,
April 26 through June 6; Corvallis, Oregon
To benefit MECA, Josh Hough and CPT, and Gaza Cultural Exchange

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Friday, April 26, 7 PM
Documentary film: 5 Broken Cameras
Location: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; 2945 NW Circle Blvd.Filmed and directed by Emad Burnat (Palestinian), co-directed by Guy Davidi (Israeli);
A deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Winner of the
World Cinema Directing Award, Sundance Film Festival, 2012.
Discussion and light refreshments to follow.

Suggested donation: $6 or more

A benefit for
Gaza Cultural Exchangewww.gazaexchange.org - “To promote cultural understanding and connections and to educate and empower for truth, justice, and peace."
Sponsors:
by UUFC, Social Justice Action Group and Albany/Corvallis Friends of Middle East Peace
Saturday
, May 4th:

Delicious Palestinian dinner, auction, and film
Location: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; 2945 NW Circle Blvd.
Reservations encouraged
(call: 541-740-4207); suggested donation $12 or more per person (includes film) children under 12, $8
Doors open at 5:30
for Turkish coffee and baklava for donation; silent auction items for viewing and bidding;
6 PM
Film, Sands of Sorrow, (30 minutes); UN documentary film (1950); documents the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes and their land in what Palestinians call the Nakba.
6:30
– Begin seating for dinner
7:15
– live auction: including art, Palestinian embroidery, cookbooks, olive oil, and more;
(Except for “doors open,” some of these times are approximate)

A benefit for
Middle East Children’s Alliance – clean water for the children of Gaza - www.mecaforpeace.org
Sponsors:
UUFC, Social Justice Action Group and Albany/Corvallis Friends of Middle East Peace
Friday, May 10th, 7 PM

Film: Salt of This Sea
Location: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; 2945 NW Circle Blvd;
Directed by Annemarie Jacir; The passionate story of Brooklyn born Soraya, who travels to Israel in search of her grandparents’ home, land, and life before they were expelled to make way for the new state of Israel. She unexpectedly discovers much more.

It’s one of the best films I’ve seen in years” – Michael Moore. Was the Official Selection, Cannes International Film Festival, 2008; Palestine’s submission to the 81st Academy Awards, Best Foreign Film.
Discussion and light refreshments to follow.

Suggested donation
, $6 or more

A benefit for
Middle East Children’s Allianceclean water for the children of Gaza - www.mecaforpeace.org
Sponsors: by UUFC, Social Justice Action Group and Albany/Corvallis Friends of Middle East Peace

Sat., May 18th, 7 p.m.
Documentary film: Roadmap to Apartheid
Location:
Westminster House, 101 NW 23rd St;
By filmmakers Ana Noguerira (a white South African) and Eron Davidson (a Jewish American-Israeli) and narrated by author and peace activist, Alice Walker.

The filmmakers draw on the historical rise and fall of South African apartheid and reveal how Palestinians view their own current situation as a kind of apartheid system. The film is “
packed with insights from the world’s leading authorities on both South African and Israeli apartheid” – Abraham Greenhouse, Global Research
Discussion and light refreshments to follow.

Suggested donation:
$6 or more

A benefit for MECA
– clean water for the children of Gaza – www.mecaforpeace.org
Sponsors:
Albany/Corvallis Friends of Middle East Peace
Fri., May 31, 7 p.m.

Documentary film: The People and the Olive
Location:
First United Methodist Church, Martha Room, B-19. 11th & Monroe;
Directed by Aaron Dennis. A group of American marathoners run from Hebron to Jenin (129 miles over five days) to raise awareness about olive farmers in Palestine. The run was organized by
On the Ground, a non-profit group in Traverse City, MI, supporting sustainable community development in farming regions around the world.
Best described as an inspirational thriller.”
- Loren King, Boston Globe
Discussion and light refreshments to follow.

Suggested donation:
$6 (or more)

A benefit for
Josh Hough of Christian Peacemaker Teams - http://www.cpt.org/
Sponsors:
Active for Peace and Justice at First United Methodist Church; FoMEP

Thursday June 6th, 7 PM

An Evening with Gaza Educator Amani Inshasi
Location: the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 128 SW 9th Street
Ms. Inshasi returns to Corvallis to share her experiences as an educator and to exchange art collages and photography created at United Nations refugee camp schools and NGOs in Gaza City. This is part of an ongoing exchange of art with Corvallis children. Evening activities include a dialogue with Amani, Palestinian dishes to sample, a silent auction, and an exhibition of student art and photography from the Spring 2013 exchange.

For more information on the Palestinian Cultural Festival, call Gretchen: 541-740-4207

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