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Reel Activism: Lost cities of Palestine

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

| $5

Vibrant city life in Palestine before 1948 presented by Reel Activism

Palestinian history is closely intertwined with the fate of its cities. Haifa, Akko and Jaffa once served as the cultural centres of Palestinian life. During the 1948 ethnic cleansing known as ‘Al Nakba’, Israel drove most Palestinians out of these cities, and Palestinian culture suffered a devastating blow.

Rarely seen archival footage accompanies memories and accounts of forgotten Palestinian cities and the catastrophic effect the creation of Israel in 1948 had on them.  Haifa, Nazareth, and Jaffa have all been overshadowed by Tel Aviv, but in their day each of the Palestinian cities had magnificent commercial and cultural ability.

Palestine’s thriving urban centres challenged the Zionist narrative that held Palestine was a land without a people, for a people without a land. On the contrary, Palestinian cities were at the forefront of Arab civilisation and culture. That reality directly contradicted the myth that the establishment of a Jewish state in the heart of the Arab world would be a civilising force. In the wake of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, Zionists sought to strip cities of their Palestinian identity, erasing Palestine’s cultural heritage in the process.

Made for Al Jazeera Arabic in 2011, Lost cities of Palestine provides a rare opportunity to see Palestine as it was in the 30s and 40s and learn about the everyday life and culture of urban Palestine before 1948.

2011 | 47 min | Arabic with subtitles

Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:50
– $5 donation (suggested minimum)
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.