Film: “Home Front: Portraits from Sheikh Jarrah”
Date(s) - 02/10/2019
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Islamic Center of Maryland
The documentary “Home Front: Portraits from Sheikh Jarrah” welcomes viewers to the lived experience of those struggling to stop Israeli settlement expansion by evictions and demolitions in East Jerusalem (traditionally the Palestinian quarter). Instead, these people, of many faiths, work to build a future of pluralism and equality, respecting the rights of all who live there.
This free event, open to all, begins at 2:30 pm. Philip Farah, Co-Chair of the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace, will moderate the Q&A discussion. For more information about the Voices from The Holy Land Film Series, visit www.voicesfromtheholyland.org. Questions about this event? Contact Adileh Sharieff at Outreach@icomd.org, phone 240-912-4976 (Option 8).
ABOUT THIS FILM: The film “Home Front: Portraits from Sheikh Jarrah” gives the account of a Palestinian teenager forced to give up half his home in Jerusalem to Israeli settlers, an American-born Israeli mother who gets drawn into the demonstrations after her children’s arrest, a Palestinian community organizer who brings local women to the forefront of the struggle, and a veteran of the Israeli army who becomes one of the resistance campaign’s leaders.
ABOUT THE FILM SERIES: The venue for this event is the Islamic Center of Maryland, (visit www.icomd.org and www.facebook.com/IslamicCenterofMaryland), and it is supported by 14 area religious and interfaith organizations. Visit the Voices from the Holy Land online (voicesfromtheholyland.org; and www.facebook.com/voicesholyland) to learn more about these films and see other events in 2019, the fifth year of the film series, happening across five states.
The topic of the Israeli-Palestinian “conflict” is a difficult conversation for most Americans to have, even for those who are informed and dispassionate. Most Americans are insufficiently informed and are conflicted on what to believe. Mainstream media, it is apparent, does not do a good job of presenting fully and fairly all sides of the issue; there is more “repeating” of the loudest voice than “reporting.” Lost in all of this cacophony are the voices of the people living in the Holy Land.
The Voices from the Holy Land film series seeks to offer a different perspective. It creates a space for the voice of the people living there to be heard. It presents informative, compelling, and award-winning documentary films by Israeli, Palestinian, American, and European film makers to start conversations. VFHL is supported by an interfaith coalition of more than 40 organizations in the DC Metro Region.
* ** *