The Village Under the Forest: Film + Discussion

PSN – Edmonton is pleased to present a screening of the film ‘The Village Under the Forest’. The film will be followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session.

A meditation on erasure:
The Village Under the Forest
film screening & discussion 

6 pm, Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Village Under The Forest explores the hidden remains of the destroyed Palestinian village of Lubya, which lies under a purposefully cultivated forest plantation called South Africa Forest.

Directed by Emmy-winner Mark J Kaplan and written and narrated by scholar and author Heidi Grunebaum, The Village Under The Forest unfolds as a personal meditation from the Jewish Diaspora. Using the forest and the village ruins as metaphors, the documentary explores themes related to the erasure and persistence of memory and dares to imagine a future in which dignity, acknowledgement and co-habitation become shared possibilities in Israel/Palestine.

The event starts at 6 pm MDT (5 pm PDT) on April 7, 2021. There will be a brief introduction and participants will receive a free link to the film. After viewing, we will reassemble one hour later for the panel discussion.

Please register to join this Zoom webinar

About the panelists

Ghada Ageel is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta, a columnist in Middle East Eye London and the editor of Apartheid in Palestine: Hard Laws and Harder Experiences. She holds a PhD and MA in Middle East Politics from the University of Exeter (Britain) and a BA in Education from the Islamic University/Gaza. Dr. Ageel research interests focus on rights-based approaches to forced migration, Palestinian refugees in comparative perspective, oral history, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the permanent status issues involved in the Middle East peace process.

Ghaida Hamdan is a fourth generation Palestinian refugee born and raised in the Gaza Strip. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta in Human Geography and Political Science, and holds a Masters in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University. The focus of her research was on the role of collective memory and oral histories, in solidifying national identity in resisting the colonial projects of memoricide. After graduation she completed a post-grad course on the Greek Island of Lesvos that focused on the recent crisis of refugee flows into Europe. In 2020, she interned with the United Nations Department of Global Communications in New York.

Lucia Pizarro is the Founding Spiritual Director at the Jewish Liberation Theology Institute. In 2017 she became a mom and the first Mexican woman ordained as a rabbi in the Conservative movement. She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Essex in the UK, and has been involved in Palestine solidarity work since 2002. She is a member of Independent Jewish Voices’ Spiritual and Cultural Network, and Jewish Voice for Peace’s Rabbinical Council.

PSN event faciliators: Dr. Masoud Shadnam, Jeff Winkelaar, Suliman Elatrash

Stand by Me: Palestinian Children and Military Detention

Stand by Me: Palestinian Children and Military Detention
Saturday, October 24 (1:00 – 2:30 pm)
Online (register)

Since 1967, Palestinian children and their families have been living under a military occupation. From our vantage point as Canadians, we can scarcely begin to understand what that means. Their day-to-day reality includes home and school demolitions, water rationing, the loss of family land, checkpoints and military gates, night raids, detentions and imprisonment.

Please join us for this 90-minute interactive workshop. Using a variety of tools (polls, small and large group discussion, and film clips) we will explore what protections all children have according to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We will then hear about the lived experience of some Palestinian children and how their rights are routinely violated by the actions of the Israeli military. We will finish with an invitation for each of us to take one small action to stand up for Palestinian children by signing the e-petition sponsored by MP Paul Manley.

This is a free event, but registration is required.

The facilitators for the workshop will be Debbie Hubbard and Yara Shoufani. Debbie lives in Kelowna and has visited the occupied Palestinian territory three times. She served as an Eccumenical Accompanier in 2014-2015 in East Jerusalem with the World Council of Churches. She is a member of both CJPME:Okanagan and PalNet Pacific. Yara is the Executive Director of Canadian Friends of Sabeel.

The workshop is hosted by Canadian Friends of Sabeel (CFOS), CJPME: Okanagan, and PalNet Pacific.