Open Bethlehem Film Screening

September 7, 2016


Open Bethlehem
Film screening and Q&A with Director Leila Sansour and Executive Producer Wael Kabbani
Tuesday, September 27 (7:00-9:00 pm)
Education Centre South, Room 129
87 Avenue & 113 Street, U of A campus (map)

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PSN is pleased to co-sponsor with Development and Peace the Edmonton premiere of Open Bethlehem as part of the Edmonton Peace Festival.

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with Director Leila Sansour and Executive Producer Wael Kabbani, followed by a discussion and an informal reception.

Everyone is welcome, admission by donation.

About the film

Film director Leila Sansour returns to Bethlehem to make a film about her home town, soon to be encircled by a wall. Armed with her camera and a dilapidated family car that keeps breaking down, Leila plans to make an epic film about a legendary town in crisis but just few months into filming her life and the film take an unexpected turn when cousin Carol, Leila’s last relative in town, persuades her to stay to start a campaign to save the city.

Open Bethlehem is a story of a homecoming to the world’s most famous little town. The film spans seven momentous years in the life of Bethlehem, revealing a city of astonishing beauty and political strife under occupation. The film draws from 700 hours of original footage and some rare archive material.

While telling a personal story, the film charts the creation of a campaign to compel international action to bring peace to the Middle East.

March 21 IAW 2016 Event

March 21, 2016


Apartheid in Palestine
Featuring Dr. Ghada Ageel
Monday, March 21 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) Room 1-190
SW corner of 87 Avenue & 114 Street, U of A campus (map)

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Despite its use by former US Presidents, South African activists, and even Israeli government officials to describe the situation faced by Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank, Occupied East Jerusalem and Israel proper (’48 Palestinians), the term “Israeli apartheid” is still routinely attacked as an unfair framing of the conflict.

Based on her newly released book, Apartheid in Palestine: Hard Laws and Harder Experiences, Dr. Ghada Ageel will look at the use of the term apartheid to describe the Palestinian experience under occupation, looking at both the analogy to South African apartheid and the formal definition of apartheid as enshrined in international law.

Dr. Ghada Ageel is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta and a columnist for the Middle East Eye, an online news portal based in London, England. A third-generation Palestinian refugee, Ghada was born and raised in the Khan Younis Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip. She holds a PhD and MA in Middle East Politics from the University of Exeter and a BA in Education from the Islamic University of Gaza.

She is the contributing editor to the new book Apartheid In Palestine: Hard Laws and Harder Experiences, published in January by the University of Alberta Press. Dr. Ageel’s work has also been widely published in numerous newspapers, magazines and journals worldwide, including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Hill, CNN, BBC, The Guardian, The Journal for Palestine Studies, Palestine Chronicle, and many Arabic newspapers throughout the Middle East.

Getting There

The Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) is located on the southwest corner of 87 Avenue and 114 Street on the University of Alberta campus (map). ECHA is adjacent to the Jubliee Auditorium.

The building’s north entrance is closest to Room 1-190.


Parking is available at the Jubilee car park (map) and just across the street on the northeast corner of 87 Avenue and 114 Street the Education car park (map).


Take the LRT to the Health Sciences Centre Station, which is located just south of ECHA.

Take Edmonton transit to the 114 Street and 89 Avenue stop of the University of Alberta bus loop (map) and walk just south to ECHA.


Ample bicycle parking is located near the north entrance of ECHA.

5 Broken Cameras Screening and Fundraiser

February 23, 2014


Islamic Relief at the University of Alberta, a new student group on the university campus, is hosting a film screening of the 2013 Academy Award Nominated Palestinian film 5 Broken Cameras to raise awareness around the suffering that both Palestinian and Syrian refugees face.

5 Broken Cameras
Film screening and discussion
Wednesday, February 26 (5:00 – 7:00 pm)
Telus Building Room 236/238
Corner of 111 Street & 87 Avenue, University of Alberta Campus
(Click here for map)

Everyone is welcome! Admission to the event is by donation, and all proceeds will be going towards Syrian and Palestinian refugees. Light refreshments will be provided!

About 5 Broken Cameras:

5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost. “I feel like the camera protects me,” he says, “but it’s an illusion.”

TODAY! IAW 2013 Event for Monday, March 4

March 4, 2013


Roadmap to Apartheid
Film Screening and discussion
Monday, March 4 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Telus Building Room 134
Corner of 111 Street & 87 Avenue, University of Alberta Campus
(Click here for map)

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In this award-winning documentary, the first-time directors take a detailed look at the apartheid analogy commonly used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Narrated by Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple), Roadmap to Apartheid is as much a historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa, as it is a film about why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today, and why an increasing number of people around the world agree with them.

Roadmap to Apartheid explores in detail the apartheid comparison as it is used in the enduring Israel-Palestine conflict. Featuring interviews with South Africans, Israelis and Palestinians, Roadmap to Apartheid winds its way through the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and inside Israel, moving from town to town and issue to issue to show why the apartheid analogy is being used with increasing potency. It analyzes the similar historical narratives of the Jewish people and the Afrikaaners to the tight relationship the two governments shared during the apartheid years, and everything in between. The effectiveness of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that helped end apartheid in South Africa is also compared to its effectiveness in the Israeli context to end the occupation, and bring justice and dignity to all.

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Praise for Roadmap to Apartheid:

Archbishop Desmond Tutu:
Roadmap To Apartheid is very powerful and compelling, and the visuals of house demolitions are appalling.  Religion is repeatedly misused by politicians. Yet one of the lessons of Jewish history is that God is always on the side of the oppressed.  Another is that those who dehumanize others, dehumanize themselves.  Israelis will pay a heavy price for their callous mistreatment of Palestinians.”

Naomi Klein, author and filmmaker:
Roadmap to Apartheid is a harrowing exposé of Israel’s unique system of official discrimination.”

Bill Fletcher, Former President of TransAfrica Forum:
Roadmap to Apartheid demonstrates for all to see that the use of the term ‘apartheid’ to describe the system of Israeli oppression of the Palestinians is neither analogy nor loose terminological usage.  It accurately describes a system condemned by the international community but tolerated by too many governments when experienced by the Palestinians.  Not only does this film serve to elevate the viewer’s understanding of the system of Israeli oppression (and the South African apartheid system), but it inspires the viewer to want to act in solidarity with the Palestinian people in the search for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine.  I found myself gripped by the intensity of the film.”

All IAW 2013 events are open to everyone, and are free of charge. We look forward to seeing you there!

Edmonton IAW 2013 is organized by Palestine Solidarity Network and supported by the Canada Palestine Cultural Association, Faculty 4 Palestine Alberta, the Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG), the Breath in Poetry Collective, and Independent Jewish Voices.

Israel is an Apartheid State (No Poll Required)

November 2, 2012

Al Jazeera English has published an excellent piece on Israeli apartheid by Ben White, in response to the recent poll on Israeli Jewish opinion on apartheid published by the Israeli daily Ha’aretz.

Israel is an apartheid state (no poll required)
A new Ha’aretz poll indicates a majority of Jewish Israelis favour apartheid – but that’s nothing new

A poll of Jewish Israelis published last week in Ha’aretz newspaper created headlines round the world with its findings of support among the public for discriminatory policies. Some greeted the survey’s results as vindication of claims made by critics of the Jewish state; others pointed to what they said were flaws in the methodology and how the statistics were being presented.

There is, however, no need for such a poll in order to reach the conclusion that Israel is guilty of apartheid: The facts speak for themselves.

Firstly, a clarification about terminology. To talk about Israeli apartheid is not to suggest a precise equivalence with the policies of the historic regime in South Africa. Rather, apartheid is a crime under international law independent of any comparison (see here, here, here, and here). As former UN Special Rapporteur John Dugard put it in the foreword to my first book: “It is Israel’s own version of a system that has been universally condemned.” Read the rest of this entry »

Event: 5 Broken Cameras Film Screenings

June 29, 2012

Metro Cinema and DOCTALK present screenings of the new film 5 Broken Cameras.

5 Broken Cameras Opening Night Screening
Friday, July 20 (7:00 pm)
Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre (8712-109 Street)

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About the film:

When his fourth son, Gibreel, is born, Emad, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. In his village, Bil’in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers start to resist this decision. For more than five years, Emad films the struggle, which is lead by two of his best friends, alongside filming how Gibreel grows. Very soon it affects his family and his own life. Daily arrests and night raids scare his family; his friends, brothers and him as well are either shot or arrested. One camera after another is shot at or smashed, each camera tells a part of his story.

The opening night screening is presented by DOCTALK, a monthly partnership with Doc Alberta, which provides an opportunity for discourse around documentaries through post-screening discussions. Both of the film’s directors will be joining us via Skype for a Q&A after the film. The Q&A will be facilitated by members of the Palestine Solidarity Network-Edmonton.  Preceding the feature is the short documentary ‘Chad Van Gaalen’ by local filmmaker Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi.

In addition to the opening night screening, 5 Broken Cameras will also be playing at Metro Cinema on the following days:

Saturday, July 21 at 5:00 pm and 9:30 pm
Sunday, July 22 at 12:30 pm and 7:00 pm
Monday, July 23 at 9:30 pm
Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00 pm
Wednesday, July 25 at 9:15 pm

Event: CPCA screening of Palestine Blues

January 5, 2011

PSN friends the Canada Palestine Cultural Association (CPCA) is holding its second second annual movie night, featuring the award-winning documentary film Palestine Blues. Also on display is the “Human Drama in Gaza” photo exhibition.

Saturday, January 15, 2011
Doors open at 5:00 pm, movie begins at 6:00 pm sharp
Edmonton Islamic Academy (14525 – 127 Street)

Tickets: $5 per person at the door
(includes free popcorn, refreshments, facepainting and crafts table for children)

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About Palestine Blues:

Through the lens of Palestinian American filmmaker Nida Sinnokrot, Palestine Blues follows the repurcussions of Israel’s security wall and settlement expansion throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Focusing on the village of Jayyous and its non-violent campaign against the wall, Palestine Blues documents the heroic victories and tragic defeats of this farming community’s fight for survivial.

Both a road-trip film across a terrain that is being erased as it is being traversed and a unique portrait of Palestinian resistance, Palestine Blues offers a rare document of both a land and a people faced with extinction.

About Human Drama in Gaza:

“Human Drama in Gaza” is a gripping photo exhibition about the realities of life in the Gaza Strip under war and siege.

At its core, “Human Drama in Gaza” is a story about human beings seeking to find dignity and hope as their world is destroyed around them. The exhibition features 44 photos, taken before, during and after the 22-day assault on Gaza by professional photographers from Israel, Palestine, and the West. The photographers whose work is featured caught simple everyday events in Gaza. Yet given the extreme circumstances in Gaza, these otherwise normal scenes take on a shocking new poignancy.

Through this Exhibition, Canadians will discover their shared humanity with distant brothers and sisters in Gaza, and will inevitably come away with a new compassion for the people of this tormented land.

For more information, contact CPCA at or visit CPCA on Facebook at Canada Palestine Cultural Association.