Online Film Salon: “Radiance of Resistance,”
Date(s) - 06/13/2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Steven S Lapham
Voices from the Holy Land Film Series
On Sunday June 13, at 3:00pm EDT, join a Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon about the documentary “Radiance of Resistance.” Register at tinyurl.com/VFHLjune2021 . The event is co-sponsored by American Muslims for Palestine.
“Radiance of Resistance” tells the story of Janna Jihad (9 years old at the time of filming) and Ahed Tamimi (14 years old at the time of filming) who live under military occupation in Nabi Saleh, Palestine. Janna has been called the youngest journalist in Palestine. In 2017, at age 10, she was awarded an International Benevolence Award in Istanbul, Turkey and met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This film will take an intimate look Janna’s and Ahed’s everyday lives and their importance as the new generation of Palestinian non-violent resistance.
Discussion Panelists and Moderator:
Jesse Roberts is the founder of the human rights organization Rise Up International, and an ad hoc professor with the Fiji Film Commission. He is the director of “Radiance of Resistance,” which has been translated into eight languages; executive Producer of “7Hills Film,” about the DIY skate scene in Amman, Jordan, that serves refugee youth; and he helped produce “PUSH Tunisia,” about a multi-national, 17-day skate project to elevate the post-revolution skate and art scene in that nation. Jesse worked as a journalist covering the Arab Spring across North Africa, and filmed and produced investigative reports from Standing Rock for ABC News during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. He lives in San Luis Obispo, California, and Colombia, creating art and film, and coordinating programs for underserved communities.
Janna Jihad, 15, is a journalist and a Palestinian youth activist from Nabi Saleh. She is the niece of activist Bassem al-Tamimi and cousin of activist Ahed Tamimi. Janna began reporting on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict when she was seven years old after two of her family members – her cousin, Mustafa and her uncle Rushdie – were killed by Israeli soldiers, inspired to document the conflict in a way that media outlets and news corporations had not. Reporting in both Arabic and English, Janna reported from the perspective of Palestinian youth growing up amid violence, originally using her mother’s iPhone to capture videos of protests near her home and uploading them to social media platforms. In 2017 Janna went to South Africa to spread awareness about the violence in Palestinian territories as part of the Pals4Peace tour with the Shamsaan Children of Palestine. She was also awarded an International Benevolence Award in Istanbul, Turkey. “My camera is my gun,” Janna explains. “The camera is stronger than the gun … I can send my message to small people, and they can send it to others.”
Ariana Bazlamit is a Los Angeles-based Palestinian American activist, with a career in the film industry. Her upcoming international fundraiser; “The Palestinian Print Project,” aims to educate and inspire a broader audience on the occupation of Palestine. As with all of all of Ariana’s efforts, her goal is working towards the day where the Palestinian people are free from oppression.
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