|In recogniton of International Women’s Day we will be screening online the critically acclaimed film “Stitching Palestine”. The screening will be followed with a panel discussion. Saturday March 6, 12:30 pm EST |
You must register in advance to join the online screening of Stitching Palestine.
For those who have not yet registered, please use the links below to register for “Stitching Palestine” or register for “3000 Nights“.
We are able to confirm the participation of Carol Mansour, Muna Khalidi and Rehab Nazzal in the “Stitching Palestine” panel.
About Stitching Palestine
Directed Carol Mansour | Produced by Muna Khalidi | Documentary | 78 min. | 2017 – Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine
Twelve Palestinian women sit before us and talk of their life before the Diaspora, of their memories, of their lives and of their identity. Their narratives are connected by the enduring thread of the ancient art of embroidery.
Twelve resilient, determined and articulate women from disparate walks of life: lawyers, artists, housewives, activists, architects, and politicians stitch together the story of their homeland, of their dispossession, and of their unwavering determination that justice will prevail.
Through their stories, the individual weaves into the collective, yet remaining distinctly personal.
Twelve women, twelve life-spans and stories from Palestine; a land whose position was fixed on the map of the world, but is now embroidered on its face.
About the Panel
Carol Mansour is an independent documentary film maker. She founded Forward Film Production in 2000 in Beirut, Lebanon. With over 25 years in documentary production, Mansour achieved international recognition and honor for her films, with over fifty film festival screenings and official selections worldwide.
Her films have been screened at several festivals in Europe and North America, winning numerous prestigious awards including most recently, the Best Documentary Award at the Delhi International Film Festival in 2018 and the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Boston Palestine Film Festival, 2017, for her 2017 film “Stitching Palestine”. She was awarded the Best Documentary Award at the Al-Ard Film Festival in Sardegna, and the Women Film Critics Circle Award at Rated SR Festival 2015 in New York, for her 2014 documentary film “We cannot go there now, my Dear”. She was awarded Best Documentary at the Rated SR Festival 2014 in New York, and the Jury’s Special Mention at the FIFOG festival in Geneva for her 2013 film “Not Who We Are”. Her 2006 film “A Summer Not To Forget” received Best Short International Documentary at the New Zealand Festival. She has also won the Jury’s Prize at the Institute du Monde Arab in Paris and Best Documentary at the Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam.
Carol’s work reflects her concern for human rights and social justice, covering issues such as migrant workers, refugees, environmental issues, mental health, rights of the disabled, war and memory, right to health, and child labor. Carol is Lebanese of Palestinian origin. She studied in Montreal, Canada, and is currently living and working from Beirut, Lebanon.
With a Ph.D. in health policy and planning, and with 30 years’ experience working in the social and health development fields in Lebanon and the Arab region, Muna has been working with various international and local organizations providing technical assistance for them to develop strategic plans and to design and develop programs. In 2012 she began collaborating with Carol Mansour on the research and production of documentary films dealing with issues of social justice and human rights, bringing her experience in the academic, public, private, and NGO sectors into the film and documentary-making field.
So far, she has worked closely with Carol Mansour on numerous short films and awareness raising campaigns and programs as well as on the production of nine feature-length documentary films: on mental health in Lebanon, the memory of the Lebanese civil war among the new generation, the plight of Syrian refugee women, the Palestinian refugees from Syria, Palestinian women’s stories and memories of dispossession, the psychological impact of being a refugee on Syrian men, the challenges facing persons living with Down Syndrome, prostitution in Lebanon, and the realities of domestic workers.
Muna is on the Board of Directors of three national Lebanese NGOs implementing social development, mental health care and hospice care programs within both the Lebanese, as well as the Palestinian refugee communities in Lebanon.
Rehab Nazzal is a Palestinian-born multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Toronto, Canada. Her photography, video, and sound works deal with the effect of settler colonial violence on the bodies and minds of colonized peoples, and on the land, trees, and other non-human life in colonized territories. Nazzal’s work has been exhibited in Canada, Palestine, and internationally in both group and solo exhibitions. She holds a PhD in Art and Visual Culture from Western University in London, ON, an MFA from Ryerson University in Toronto, a BFA from the University of Ottawa. She has received numerous awards including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral award.
and coming in April “3000 Nights“
In commemoration of Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day we will be screening Mai Masri’s award winning film “3000 Nights”. The screening will be followed with a panel discussion.
Saturday April 17, 12:30 pm EST
You must register in advance to join the online screening of 3000 Nights.
About 3000 Nights
Directed by Mai Masri | Feature | 103 min. | 2015 – Palestinian Territory
Inspired by a true story and shot in a real prison, 3000 Nights traces a young mother’s journey of hope, resilience and survival against all odds. Accused of helping a teenage boy on the run, Layal, a newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher, finds herself incarcerated in a top security prison for Palestinian and Israeli women. After Layal discovers that she is pregnant, the prison director pressures her to get an abortion and spy on the Palestinian inmates. Terrified but defiant, she gives birth to her child in chains. Through her struggle to raise her son behind bars, Layal manages to find a sense of hope and meaning to her life. When prison conditions deteriorate and the Palestinian prisoners decide to strike, the prison director warns her against joining the strike and threatens to take her child away. In a moment of truth, Layal is forced to make a choice that will forever change her life.
Mai Masri is a Palestinian filmmaker who studied film at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. She directed and produced several award-winning films that have been screened worldwide. She founded Nour Productions in 1995 with her husband, filmmaker Jean Chamoun. Her films have received over 60 international awards including the Luchino Visconti Award in Italy 2003, the Asia Pacific Screen Award in Australia 2007, and the Mipdoc Trailblazer award in Cannes, 2011.
Underwriters, Endorsers, Sponsors, Partners and Community Friends:
Canadian Palestinian Social Association in London;
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, Hamilton;
Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) – Hamilton;
Jewish Liberation Theology Institute;
Palestinian Association of Hamilton;
People for Peace, London