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Film: Two Blue Lines (2014)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

| $5

3 Films about Palestine by Tom Hayes

People and The Land (1997)
Native Sons: Palestinians in Exile (1985)
Two Blue Lines (2014)

“The artistic originality of the film’s story-telling goes beyond even its striking sounds of words, music, silence, buzzers, explosions. Hayes’s pictures, from his own living archive of 32 years’ footage, offer entrancing time travel.” Mondoweiss

Two Blue Lines provides an unswerving examination of the human and political rights situation of Palestinians living under Israeli rule. The documentary, shot over a period of twenty five years in Israeli occupied Palestinian territory, presents Israeli narratives of the Palestinian experience from the 1930’s to the present. People featured in the film represent B’Tselem, Rabbis for Human Rights, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, Gush Shalom (The Peace Block), Yesh Gvul (There is a Boundary), Machsom Watch (Barrier Watch), and Women In Black. The film concentrates on voices and perspectives that are seldom heard outside of Israel.
Two Blue Lines  | 2014  | Dir. Tom Hayes | 98 min | English, Hebrew, Arabic with subtitles

Best Doc Feature, Canada International Film Festival 2016
Humanitarian Award, International Film Festival 2015
World Award of Merit, World Film Awards 2016
Award of Merit, Impact Doc Awards
Gold Award, Spotlight Documentary Awards 2016


About the Filmmaker
Tom Hayes is Assistant Professor in the Film Division at Ohio University, where he teaches post production and documentary development.

Originally from Vermont, Tom Hayes has been making films since he was a kid, winning the Kentucky Educational Television Young Peoples Film Competition when he was 15.  As a young man he worked as a deck hand, shipping out of New York on cargo ships. While seafaring started as a strategy to pay for film school, trips into third and fourth world ports became a profound formative experience. Tom received a B.G.S. degree with Emphasis in Cinema and Philosophy from Ohio University in 1977.

He says “I am neither Israeli nor Palestinian.  As a full-blooded American “ethnic mutt,” I am often asked why I have spent so many years documenting the human rights situation of Palestinian people.  My engagement grew out of work that I did in the Cambodian refugee camps back in the early eighties.  When I finished that work, I stumbled on the granddaddy of all refugee groups, the Palestinian refugees.  I wound up making a documentary titled Native Sons: Palestinians in Exile.  Since then, as the situation of Palestinians both inside and outside of Palestine has deteriorated, I have been unable to look away, and have kept my shoulder to the stone, bearing witness to, and recording their plight.”

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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.