Film: Occupation of the American Mind
Date(s) - 04/14/2019
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Islamic Center of Maryland
The documentary “The Occupation of the American Mind” will be shown at 2:30 PM in the library of the Islamic Center of Maryland, 19411 Woodfield Road, in Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20879. This film examines how propaganda drives public opinion and, in turn, manipulates understanding of reality. A moderated discussion will follow the showing. For more information, visit www.voicesfromtheholyland.org, or contact Adileh Sharieff at Outreach@icomd.org, phone 240-912-4976 (Option 8).
ABOUT THIS 1 HOUR, 35 MINUTE FILM, AND THE MODERATOR
Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United Sates. The film takes an eye-opening look at the pro-Israeli public relations efforts within the U.S and explores how the Israeli government, U.S. government and the pro-Israeli lobby have joined forces to shape American media coverage of the conflict. “The Occupation of the American Mind” provides an analysis revealing Israel’s battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people in the face of international condemnation of its right-wing policies.
Former Maryland state delegate Saqib Ali will be the moderator for the Q&A discussion after the film. Mr. Ali is the plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order requiring applicants for state contracts to pledge that they do not boycott Israel. The First Amendment right to boycott was affirmed in a unanimous, civil rights era ruling, but 26 states (to date) have tried to implement restrictions on American’s right to participate in the boycott, divest, and sanctions (BDS) movement. The BDS movement is a Palestinian-created protest to end Israel’s illegal occupation and oppression of Palestinian lands and people.
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 the event is supported by an interfaith coalition of 14 area 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 filmmakers to start conversations. VFHL is supported by an interfaith coalition of more than 40 organizations in the DC Metro Region.