70 min. | 2012 | Stone Hut Studios
DIRECTOR: Aaron Dennis
Saturday, March 1 | 2:30 pm | Theatre 3
The People and the Olive is an inspiring film about the daily struggles and joys of Palestinian olive farmers. When a group of American ultra-marathoners sets out to run 129 miles in 5 days across the West Bank, they discover that in replanting uprooted olive trees, they are planting hope and building cultural bridges. The People and the Olive was filmed during The Run Across Palestine in February 2012, as a project of a Michigan-based nonprofit group. On the Ground works to support sustainable community development in farming regions across the world. The run was supported by the Palestine Fair Trade Association, a collective of over 2500 small-scale farmers in the West Bank who have embraced fair trade practices to sustain their future and to sell their products worldwide.
96 min. | 2013 | Clarity Films
DIRECTOR: Connie Field
Sunday, March 2 | 3:00 pm | Theatre 3
The glorious strains of gospel music wash over the West Bank in Connie Field’s powerful new film. As the Palestinian National Theater and an African-American choir mount a touring play about Martin Luther King Jr., an impassioned cultural exchange ensues, new friendships are forged and attitudes are altered. This dynamic and complex work elegantly displays the timeless inspiration of Martin Luther King’s struggle for human rights. It is a cinematic wonder that dives into the heart of the non-violent Palestinian struggle for self-determination without polemics. Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine is utterly unique. It shows artists meeting across worlds; it refracts the political situation through the lenses of theater. It weaves together threads of suffering and courage, political activism and artistic creation. It shows the power of art and is, in itself, a “must-see” work of art.
AUDIENCE AWARD, Mill Valley Film Festival;
TOP 10 AUDIENCE FAVOURITES, Vancouver International Film Festival
60 min. | 2012 | Gum Films
DIRECTOR: Yotam Feldman
Sunday, March 2 | 1:30 pm | Theatre 3
Since 9/11, the Israeli arms industry is doing bigger business than ever before. Large Israeli companies develop methods and test the vessels of future warfare, which are then sold worldwide by private Israeli agents. At the same time Israeli theoreticians explain to various foreign countries how to defeat civil and para-military resistance according to the extensive Israeli experience. The film reveals The Lab, which has transformed the Israeli military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank from a burden to a marketable, highly profitable asset.
Two Sided Story
75 min. | 2012 | Parents Circle Forum
DIRECTOR: Tor Ben-Mayor
Saturday, March 1 | 4:00 pm | Theatre 3
Sponsored by Building Bridges Vancouver
Directed by Emmy Award winner Tor Ben Mayor, this film documents what transpires when hardline Israeli settlers meet Palestinian activists resisting the Israeli occupation, and when Israeli soldiers meet Palestinians who have served time in Israeli jails. Ben Mayor then accompanies the participants back home when they return to their families and grapple with a complex daily reality. By listening deeply to one another’s personal stories, rather than arguing over political views, these participants slowly begin to connect and see each other as people first, rather than enemies.