April 30, 2013

CORVALLIS: Salt of this Sea, Cannes Award Winner, MECA benefit, on May 10

Date: 2013-05-10
Event Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
CORVALLIS, OR, 97330-3937
Take Circle Blvd West past 29th Street, turn on 30th to enter church parking lot.
Organization: Corvallis-Albany Friends of Middle East Peace
Description: "Salt of this Sea" is the passionate story of Brooklyn-born Soraya, who travels to Israel in search of her grandparent's home, land, bank account, and the life they knew before they were expelled in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel--a family history riddled with mystery and sorrow.
Soraya experiences the airport "welcome" that many visitors with Arab names and histories find disconcerting and dehumanizing. Some are even denied entry due to their ethnicity or their history of activism.
Soraya locates her grandparent's old house, but also finds love and a surprising self-discovery.
Directed by Annemarie Jacir; awarded the Cannes International Film Festival's Official Selection of 2008 award. "Sea" was Palestine's submission to the 81st Academy Awards as Best Foreign Film. It was awarded Best Film by the Sguardi Altrove Film Festival, Italy 2009.
"It's brilliant, emotional, intense and fresh... one of the best films I've seen in years," said Michael Moore.
Discussion and light refreshments will follow the film. Suggested donation is $6 ormore, to benefit Middle East Children's Alliance, providing clean water for the children of Gaza. See www.mecaforpeace.org.
Sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Fellowship - Social Justice Action Group, and Albany/Corvallis Friends of Middle East Peace.

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