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'Jenin, Jenin' Film Showings - York, Bradford, Leeds

ekes | 03.06.2004 10:09

Mohamaad Bakri and his film "Jenin, Jenin" are on tour the UK from 1 to 9 June. There are showings on Friday 4th in York and Bradford, and in Leeds on Monday 7th.

The 54-minute film gives a voice to the Palestinian men, women and children, old and young, of Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

People who were expelled from their homes in 1948 have tried to make a life for themselves and their families in this camp, only to become victims of indiscriminate killing and destruction by the Israeli army in June 2002.

An Israeli ban on the film (the first film to be censored there for 15 years) was later overturned by Israel’s Supreme Court.

Bakri's movie gives residents permission to speak.

The film is about 'human suffering as such - about a wounded soul, a demolished home, a felled tree, a picked flower, a broken heart', says Bakri.

‘Look where the terror springs from. Look at the fertile ground, at the infrastructure that you’ve created, upon which terror has blossomed.’

What does this continuing fear and suffering do to the generations growing up in such conditions? Does it kill all hope of peace with justice? Is there any prospect of coexistence or reconciliation for people whose lives have been demolished along with their homes?

Mohammad Bakri’s UK tour, organised by JustPeace UK, marks 37 years since the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories in June 1967.

It is a unique opportunity to hear from this renowned actor and director, one of the best and most respected in Israel, a point of view not often heard here: that of a Palestinian who is an Israeli citizen.

Fri 4th, York, 12.15-2.15, Uni, Vanburgh V/045
Fri 4th, Bradford, 07:30, Room C7, Richmond Building, Bradford University, Gt Horton Rd, Bradford
Mon 7th, Leeds, 07:30, Leeds Civic Hall, Calverley Street