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Mideast Focus Film Series

Pushing for Change

Mark your calendar for the fifth annual Mideast Focus Film Series!

In this series, we see how people pushed to bring about a safe country for the Jewish people, and how today others are still pushing for safety and change. Do our efforts for change lead to peace and justice…or not?

Even in Victory, Sunday Forum, March 4
10:10-10:50 a.m. – Bloedel Hall
This staged reading by Palestine Up-Close explores the points of view held by “wounded warriors” who were soldiers for the Israeli Defense Forces in Palestine. We discover their struggles as they push for a way to come to terms with their own actions.

All films are shown Friday evenings from 7-9 p.m. in Bloedel Hall. Childcare is provided. Parking and admission are free. There will be a free-will offering.

“This is Palestine”
Friday, March 9, 7:00 p.m., Bloedel Hall
This film brings us to the present day by exploring the impact of ongoing conflict and military occupation on the people who live under it. This film features powerful interviews with people who have lost homes, land, family members and friends in their struggle to bring changes during the 50 year long occupation of the West Bank.

“1948: Creation and Catastrophe”*
Friday, March 16, 7:00 p.m.,Bloedel Hall *Reception at 6:15
Host: Andy Trimlett, Director
Through riveting and moving personal recollections of Palestinians and Israelis, “1948” reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year in the most controversial conflict in the world. Seen through the eyes of those who lived it, we see people pushing for change after suffering years of injustice and Holocaust.

“In the Image”
Friday, April 13, 7:00 p.m., Bloedel Hall
Hosts: Dr. Kimberly and William Segall
This film explores the daily lives of Palestinian women living in the West Bank. It portrays their stories in a novel and eye opening manner through footage captured by the women themselves. Their courage is inspiring as they persist in working for change – and to pave the way for future peace in the region.

“Junction 48”
Friday, April 20, 7:00 p.m., Bloedel Hall
This Israeli narrative film gives us an Arab’s eye view of contemporary life in Israel. It tells the story of an emerging Palestinian Rap Artist who has issues with his family and confrontations with rival Israeli rappers. Fraught with complexities and confusions in Lyd (Lod)—we get a sense of how difficult it is to get a footing to push for change.

“Disturbing the Peace”
Friday, April 27, 7:00 p.m., Bloedel Hall
This film is a story of the human potential unleashed when we stop participating in a story that no longer serves us, and with the power of our convictions, risk and push to actions that create new possibilities. This film follows former enemy combatants who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say “Enough.”

Admission is free. Donations are welcomed to help defray costs.
Questions? Contact Ruth McRee, ruth.mcree@gmail.com

See you at the movies!


Mideast Focus Ministry Mission Statement:
This ministry works, through prayer, education and action with Saint Mark’s and the greater Seattle community, to educate and promote understanding about the struggle for peace and justice in the Holy Land.

Mideast Focus Film Series Goal:
Our concern is to help balance the limited and confusing media coverage of the Holy Land. We use compelling films as an entry point for reflection and discussion. As Christians, we respond to Christ’s call to seek justice and love the oppressed. As Americans, we ask: Can we reconcile this calling with our government’s massive financial support of Israeli military operations? We hope the time will come when Jews, Muslims and Christians will again come together in harmony.

Why These Films?
In this series, we see how people pushed to bring about a safe country for the Jewish people, and how today others are still pushing for safety and change. Do our efforts for change lead to peace and justice…or not?