THJFA will be attending the screening of ‘Fertile Memory’ at Passing Clouds, 7.30pm on Tuesday 31st January. Passing Clouds is 1, Richmond Road Dalston E8 Junction with Kingsland Road, behind The Haggerston pub. Please note: access is via a flight of stairs, 22 steps.
Buses 67, 149, 242, 243 / Dalston Junction overground
Fertile Memory (1980, 99 mins, Palestine)
In the first feature film produced within the Palestinian West Bank, Michel Khleifi’s FERTILE MEMORY, written in 1978 combines documentary and narrative elements to examine the lives of Palestinian women.
In October, Guy Shennan from THJFA joined a number of other members of the British Association of Social Workers on a tour of the West Bank. Guy and others did skills-sharing workshops in a number of Palestinian towns and villages including Jenin. Whilst there, these British social workers heard shocking accounts of what Palestinians had witnessed and experienced as a result of occupation. Most shocking of all was seeing the treatment of Palestinian child prisoners. Thanks to Defence of Children International, they were able to visit a court and see how Palestinian children are hauled before courts in chains. A powerful letter describing their experiences was published as the lead letter in the Guardian newspaper along with other letters on the same issue.
Gaza Letters – Commemorating Israel’s Cast lead Massacre in Gaza 3 Years On Wednesday 18 January 2012 – 7pm
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London
3 years since the end of Israel’s Cast Lead assault on Gaza
Join us for a literary commemoration, 3 Years since the end of the 3 week Israeli assault on Gaza in December 2008/January 2009 and to reflect on the ongoing violence and siege against Palestinians living in Gaza.
Reading of “Love Letter to Gaza” (http://calderbookshop.com/pagegaza.html)
Ahmed Masoud, Palestinian author from Gaza, Winner of the 2011 Muslim Writer of the Year Award.
Baroness Jenny Tonge
Selma Dabbagh, British Palestinian writer of fiction based in London. Selma’s first novel, Out of It just published by Bloomsbury.
Andy Slaughter MP
Michael Deas, Coordinator in Europe, Palestinian BDS National Committee
Kika Markham, recently performed the role of acclaimed journalist Amira Hass in the play “On the Record”, from which she will read an extract.
Jonathan Chadwick, Theatre Director, recently back from Gaza to work on a project with local theatre group, Theatre for Everybody.
Melissa Melodee, singer/songwriter/rapper/poet from London.
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Free Entry – Donations Always Appreciated – Friends and Supporters Welcome