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Film: Native Sons – Palestinians in Exile

Saturday, October 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

| $5

3 Films about Palestine by Tom Hayes
Native Sons: Palestinians in Exile (1985)

“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.” Tom Hayes

 

Martin Sheen narrates this examination of the lives of three Palestinian families who fled their homes in 1948 and have lived as refugees in Lebanon ever since. Originally released in 1985, Native Sons probes the roots of the Palestine/Israel conflict through lives of individual people. Utilizing archive footage dating from as early as 1935, the film provides an accessible introduction to “the Middle East Conflict.”

Native Sons: Palestinians in Exile  | 1985  | Tom Hayes | 57 min |Arabic with subtitles

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.

Future films:  People and The Land (1997) ; Two Blue Lines (2014)


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.