[act-ma] 4/09 [SPECIAL] - Free UPandOUT film screening: "25, 000 Tents, Maybe More" - Thurs, March April 9

pf soto pfsoto at mynas.com
Sun Apr 5 21:24:18 PDT 2009


Showing Thursday, April 9th, in Cambridge:
*//*

*Twenty-five Thousand Tents, Maybe More:  *(65 min)***
*

This film documents the lives of thousands of Palestinians - first 
refugees in Iraq -- and now stranded in detention camps in remote desert 
areas between Iraq and Syria. They're living in tents that offer little 
shelter against blinding sandstorms and the biting cold of winter nights.
Syrian authorities have barred the Palestinians from leaving the Tanaf 
refugee camp; journalists aren't allowed to visit.

Denied Palestinian citizenship and their lawful right to return to their 
former homes in Palestine - by Israel, in flagrant violation of 
international law -- they are stuck in this no-man-s-land, in miserable 
conditions; a people without a country, disposed of their land and homes 
for over 60 years.

One refugee likens their situation to "/Waiting for Godot/" ... or for 
divine intervention. But these Palestinians refuse to accept that they 
won't one day return home.
UN officials describe deteriorating health conditions, with an increase 
in illnesses related to contaminated water and skin afflictions caused 
by unhygienic conditions. The refugees survive solely through handouts 
from the UN and Arab humanitarian groups.  "/We die a thousand times a 
day,/" said Wafaa Mazhar, 37, a mother of five.

*NOTE: This month we have a special guest!  *
*Thaer Shafiq Ali 
<http://www.outoftheblueartgallery.com/?sec=artist&letter=A&PHPSESSID=a24229e04310544c7be1cc883f48346e> 
*will talk to us after the film. Thaer, 39, is a Palestinian artist and 
human rights activist who was born and grew up in Baghdad.

Thaer's story is one of incredible courage. In 2005, with violence 
escalating in Iraq against Palestinian refugees, he begins plans to lead 
an exodus of threatened Palestinian families to Syria, to ask for 
refuge. Come and hear Thaer talk about his *astounding odyssey*. A 
translator will be on hand.
Some of his paintings will be on display for sale.

*When/where*
7 pm
243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor,
entrance on Windsor
http://rule19.org/videos

Please join us for a stimulating night out; bring your friends! Free
film, free refreshments, & free door prizes.
[donations are accepted]

"/You can't legislate good will - that comes through education./" ~ 
Malcolm X

//// *UPandOUT film series  - see http://rule19.org/videos*
Why should YOU care? It's your money that pays for the occupation & 
illegal Israeli settlements.


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pf soto 
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