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November 2016
$5

Reel Activism Film: Palestinian Wedding

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Presented by Reel Activism at Beit Zatoun with guest, poet Nyla Matuk reciting from her work. An insight into Palestinian weddings, uniting faiths and communities, and upholding traditions as a form of resistance. Weddings are a cause for celebration everywhere in the world. But for Palestinians, the festivities help to keep valuable traditions alive and provide a way for them to deal with some of the problems of life under Israeli occupation. Despite some differences between Muslim and Christian marriage ceremonies, the family - and extended family - plays a pivotal role across the community in matchmaking, organising the wedding day and honouring age-old Palestinian customs and practice. Film followed by comments, poetry and discussion.

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Book Launch (almost): “I Was a Catholic Zionist”

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Groucho Marx quipped,”Who do you believe me or your eyes.” Ted Schmidt says "I chose to believe my eyes and I saw the the damage Zionism was doing to both Palestinians, Israelis and the Jewish diaspora. I concluded that maybe the biggest occupation in the Holy Land was that of Judaism by Zionism." Ted Schmidt is a retired high school educator who was the first to teach Nazi holocaust studies in Canada.

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Film: On The Side of The Road

Thursday, November 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Former West Bank settler Lia Tarachansky looks at Israelis' collective amnesia of the fateful events of 1948 when the state of Israel was born and most of the Palestinians became refugees. She follows the transformation of Israeli veterans trying uncover their denial of the war that changed the region forever. Tarachansky then turns the camera on herself and travels back to her settlement where that historical erasure gave birth to a new generation, blind and isolated from its surroundings. Attempting to shed a light on the country's biggest taboo, she is met with outrage and violence. Director Lia Tarachansky attending for Q&A.

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$20 - $50

1001 Events at Beit Zatoun – The Goodbye Party

Saturday, November 26, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Beit Zatoun's final party to celebrate a history of great events and conversations in a warm, beautiful and central place which leaves Toronto with a legacy of much sharing, learning and solidarity. Together we created a uniquely interesting and relevant space where ideas, culture and activism converged. Join the Beit Zatoun community for an evening of Middle Eastern sounds and flavours to go along with sharing and warm friendships.

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Assassinating Story – An Oral Telling of Stories

Sunday, November 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Reviving the Palestinian Story. This story as all stories is first and foremost about voice or giving voice to an experience so that it can be shared. Voice expresses our life, our dilemmas, our challenges, our sorrows and our joys. Voice is the essence of being, becoming and staying human. What if that story is silenced? Too often this has been the fate of the story told by Palestinian writers, poets and artists. Killed, assassinated before they could make their full contribution. Beit Zatoun offers short stories from two of Palestine's greatest writers and lovers of freedom - Ghassan Kanafani and Majed Abu Sharar. Told by Toronto-based storyteller Sarah Abušarar.

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Mandatory Vaccination – Freedom of Choice at Risk

Monday, November 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Upholds the right to exercise “Informed Consent.” Vaccine Choice Canada examines the drumbeat of mandatory vaccination which has gotten louder, nastier, and more threatening in recent years. At the same time, the corporate-controlled media has imposed a strict blackout on voices attempting to shed light on the health catastrophe unleashed by aggressive vaccination programs on several generations of children. This emerging knowledge is being suppressed by mainstream medicine and public health policy makers whose goal is to defend the vaccine program at all costs. Discounted as collateral damage are the untold numbers of children and adults whose lives have been devastated by vaccine injuries. Followed by Q&A.

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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XLV – 4th Anniversary

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

We celebrate the 4th Anniversary! And the last Shab-e She'r at Beit Zatoun - its home for more than half it's life. Shab-e She'r promotes poetic dialogue by bringing together the most distinct and diverse voices in literary arts. Each month, Shab-e She'r brings voices from a broad range of poetic styles, ethnicities and religions. Featured poets: Anne Michaels & Bassam. Featured musician: Carolina Brown. Host: Bänoo Zan.

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Reflecting on Beit Zatoun – Past and Future

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The last event on the very last day of Beit Zatoun as a physical space. All are invited to assemble one last time in a special space that has become integral to Toronto life for many communities. Here we shared, learned and explored the intersections of art, culture and politics from the world over. Perhaps by reflecting on the past at Beit Zatoun we can see glimpses of a possible future for something similar to help meet the needs of a city much challenged and threatened. Also, an artistic opportunity to create a talisman as a memory of Beit Zatoun and your hope for the future.

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December 2016

Open House Sale this Weekend

Saturday, December 3, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - Sunday, December 4, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Saturday/Sunday Dec-03/04 noon to 5pm - Own part of Toronto activist history. Beit Zatoun has to empty it home of the last 7 years at 612 Markham St. We have run a very tight ship and only acquired the bare minimum of furniture and equipment. It has served us well and we are grateful for the many events. Now we have to sell what we have accumulated. Purchases can be picked up as early anytime (by arrangement).

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January 2017

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XLVII

Tuesday, January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
St. Stephen-In-The-Fields Church, 103 Bellevue Ave
Toronto, M5T 2N8
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Open Stage of Poetry and Music. Doors open: 6:15 pm ; Sign-up for the open mic: 6:30 pm; Start: 7 pm The most diverse poetry reading and open mic in Toronto. At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen – we actively invite it. Each month, Shab-e She’r brings voices from a broad range of poetic styles, ethnicities, nationalities, religions. Featured poets: Faduma Mohamed & Daniel Scott Tysdal. Host: Bänoo Zan.

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March 2017
Free

IAW 2017 – 100 YEARS OF SETTLER COLONIALISM

Monday, March 13 - Tuesday, March 21
VARIOUS, Toronto, + Google Map

This year's IAW will reflect on 100 years of resistance to settler colonialism across historic Palestine since the issuance of the Balfour Declaration in 1917. The Week will also link the history of Palestinian resistance to the struggles of the Indigenous peoples on whose territories we live, work, and study, and who are resisting settler colonial violence and dispossession. Lectures, films, and creative performances will build support for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Presented by The University of Toronto Graduate Student Union BDS Ad-hoc Committee, Students Against Israeli Apartheid UofT and The CUPE 3902 BDS Political Action Committee.

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Film: Ocean by Lia Tarachansky

Tuesday, March 14 @ 7:40 pm - 8:30 pm
Imagine Cinema – Carlton, 20 Carlton St. at Yonge
Toronto, ON M5B 2H5 Canada
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Ocean, new film at T.O. Short Film Festival @ Imagine Cinemas - Carlton

Lia Tarachansky's new short film, Ocean (Israel/Palestine, Canada, 2017). In June 2014 the Israeli military began the longest sustained bombardment of the Gaza Strip yet. Lia Tarachansky is a Russian-Israeli video journalist who reported on the attack, on the rockets Gaza militant groups launched in return, and on the rise of a pro-war movement in Israel. Ocean was filmed entirely on an iPhone 5.

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Gaza Filmmaker Khalil Mozain in Conversation

Friday, March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
A Space, 401 Richmond Ave Suite 110
Toronto, ON Canada
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Join us for a small private screening, to welcome Khalil Mozain to Toronto from Gaza. Khalil is an inventive and prolific filmmaker and video artist who has been making films since the 80's in Gaza, including Gaza 36mm, a documentary ode to Gaza's 12 lost cinemas (all bombed), and his remarkable 2014 feature Sara. He's also the founder of the Red Carpet Film Festival, an annual human rights film festival in Gaza which screens innovative international cinema (2017's will feature a program of recent Toronto shorts).

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$5

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XLIV

Tuesday, March 21 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
St. Stephen-In-The-Fields Church, 103 Bellevue Ave
Toronto, M5T 2N8
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Special: Nowruz 2017 Celebration. Shab-e She'r promotes poetic dialogue by bringing together the most distinct and diverse voices in literary arts. Each month, Shab-e She'r brings voices from a broad range of poetic styles, ethnicities and religions. Featured poets: Nasim Asgari & Luciano Iacobelli. Featured musician: Radwan Altaleb. Haft Seen: Alma Mostofian. Host: Bänoo Zan.

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Film: “Tell your tale, Little Bird”

Sunday, March 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Unitarian Congregation Mississauga, 84 South Service Rd
Mississauga, ON L5G 2R9
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The Arab Canadian Cultural Group presents “Tell your tale, Little Bird” is a documentary about Palestinian women fighters, filmed in 1993. It recounts the experiences of seven Palestinian women in the national liberation struggle, including the experience of arrest and imprisonment. These women took part in the military fight of the Palestinian people back in the sixties and seventies. Through their tales, we understand what made these women the symbols of their people’s fight. Followed by a discussion and Q&A with Arab Loutfi, the film maker and director.

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