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Feb 02, 2012 at 02:10 PM

Three films about Palestine / Israel are coming to the CoDevelopment Canada Film Festival on February 11-12 (http://www.codev.org/films/palestine-israel/) at Langara College,100 W. 49th Avenue, Vancouver. 

  • City of Borders: Sunday February 12, 12:00 pm, Theatre 3
  • Occupation has No Future: Sun 1:15 pm, Theatre 3 - *co-sponsored by CanPalNet and Independent Jewish Voices*
  • Enemy Alien: Sun 3:30 pm, Theatre 3 - *co-sponsored by CanPalNet, Independent Jewish Voices and the Seriously Free Speech Committee*

(To volunteer for a shift at the CanPalNet literature table in the Social Justice Bazaar, any time between 11 am and 5 pm on Saturday or Sunday, send a message with preferred availability to webmaster@canpalnet.ca.)


City of Borders

Sun 12:00 pm Theatre 3

66 minutes 2009

Director: Yun Suh

City of Borders provides an original view of the vibrant underground community at the only gay bar in Jerusalem where people of different nationalities, religions, and sexual orientations create a sanctuary among people typically viewed as the “enemy.” This powerful and provocative documentary intimately portrays the daily lives of five Israeli and Palestinian patrons as they risk their lives challenging taboos and navigating the minefield of politics, religion, and discrimination to live and love openly.

Set against the construction of the separation wall between Israel and the Palestinian territories and the struggle for a gay pride parade in the Holy City, these five inter-woven stories reveal the contradictions and complexities in the struggle for acceptance. In observing the lives of the bar regulars, City of Borders explores the bond forged when people from warring worlds embrace the right to be accepted and belong, rather than being divided by their differences.

Best International Feature – Vancouver Queer Film Festival


Occupation has No Future

Sun 1:15 pm Theatre 3

66 minutes 2009

Director: David Zlutnick

In the fall of 2009 a group of US veterans and war resisters traveled to Israel/Palestine to meet with their Israeli counterparts in an effort to strengthen connections and share experiences. Occupation Has No Future uses this trip as a lens to examine the occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, and explore the work of Israelis and Palestinians organizing against militarism and occupation. Through conversations with Israeli conscientious objectors, former soldiers, and Palestinians living under occupation, the film creates a survey of the atmosphere in the State of Israel and the West Bank.

This documentary looks at the partnership of the Israeli anti-militarist movement with a growing grassroots Palestinian campaign of civil disobedience, to defeat the occupation. Honest about the extremely daunting challenges, Occupation Has No Future ultimately tracks the hope of a growing number of Israelis and Palestinians to live together, free from occupation, in peace and with justice.
This film is sponsored by Independent Jewish Voices.

Enemy Alien

Sun 3:30 pm Theatre 3

82 minutes 2011

Konrad Aderer: director

Enemy Alien was the name of a 1975 National Film Board documentary, about the World War 2 internment of Japanese-Canadians. This Enemy Alien film is about a stateless Palestinian swept up with hundreds of other Muslims in the US, all victims of post-9/11 Islamophobia. It is the story of the stateless Farouk Abdel-Muhti, and the campaign to gain his release from imprisonment and torture. The filmmaker was struck by the parallels with the injustice inflicted upon his grandparents who were interned in a prison camp, simply because they were of Japanese origin. ‘Enemy alien’ then, ‘enemy alien’ now.

There are millions of stateless Palestinians. No one image incorporates them all. Does our mental image encapsulate the life and experience of Farouk Abdel Muhti, born in 1947, the year of the partition of historic Palestine? How does the pervasiveness of Islamophobia affect our image of the Palestinian struggle for justice? This film gives us an opportunity to explore these questions.
This film is sponsored by CanPalNet.

Vancouver panel says: "Enough!"
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

It is the conviction of Canpalnet that there are many and varied pathways that can and do bring Canadians to a simple conclusion; namely, that Israel's occupation must be ended, for elementary justice, and to salvage the humanity of all.

To illustrate this, a diverse and distinguished panel of speakers assembled in Vancouver at a press conference on June 6th to express their opposition to Israel’s 40 year occupation of Palestinian lands, and to call for the government of Canada to take action against that occupation and in support of human rights and international law. The conference took place in the Bank of Nova Scotia Room at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre campus in downtown Vancouver.

Dr. Naseer Aruri, noted Palestinian intellectual and prolific author, was a special guest. Born in Jerusalem, now Emeritus Chancellor Professor at the University of Massachussetts, he has been a member of the international board of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch (USA), and Palestinian human rights groups. His most recent work is Dishonest Broker: The U.S. Role in Israel and Palestine.

A statement of support was sent by the all-party parliamentary group in Ottawa, the Canada Palestine Parliamentary Association.

That message and the statements of the panelists (listed below) are posted on this site.  

  • Svend Robinson, long time member of Parliament.
  • Sister Elizabeth Kelliher, of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement.
  • Murray Dobbin, journalist, broadcaster, and author of books on Canadian politics.
  • David Diamond, founder and artistic director of Headlines Theatre and recipient of the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Harmony Award.
  • Lee Lakeman, organizer of Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter and a representative for the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centers.
  • Carl Rosenberg, editor of Canadian Jewish Outlook Magazine.
  • Terry Greenberg, recently retired member of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs.
  • Reverend Brenda Faust, Minister of Port Coquitlam Trinity United Church.
  • Henry Krause, pastor of Langley Mennonite Fellowship.
  • Cynthia Flood, prize-winning Canadian short-story writer.
  • Dr. Ivar Ekeland, Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Economics at UBC and former President of the University of Paris-9.
  • Ken Davidson, head of the International Solidarity Committee of CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees).
  • Thekla Lit, founder and president of BC ALPHA (Association for Learning and Preserving the History of World War 2 in Asia).

To see podcast of press conference:

40 Years of Occupation(Part 1) Press Conf. WM video - 9 mins - June 6, 2007

40 Years of Occupation(Part 2) Press Conf. video - 9 mins - June 6, 2007


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