Arab Film Series Online: There Is A Field + Talkback

3 p.m. EST Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021
Arab Film Series Online: There Is A Field (2020) dir. Jen Marlowe 

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There Is A Field tells the story of Asel Asleh, an unarmed 17-year old Palestinian teenager who was murdered while participating in a demonstration calling for an end to Israeli occupation and settler-colonization.

A play turned performance-reading film, There Is A Field is performed by Black Lives Matter activists in the U.S., and is intercut with the activists’ own realizations of the parallels they see between Asel’s story and the experiences of BIPOC communities in the U.S. Amidst the ongoing Black Lives Matter uprising that reignited in recent months following the police murder of George Floyd, There Is A Field provides a unique and timely lens for discussing decolonization, Black liberation, Black-Palestinian solidarity and cross-movement organizing.

Palestine, U.S.A. / 70 minutes / Documentary, Performance / English

Immediately following the screening we will be joined for a talkback by director Jen Marlowe and activists Huwaida Arraf and St. James Valsin.

Jen Marlowe is an author/filmmaker/playwright and human rights activist. Her most recent book is I Am Troy Davis written with innocent death row prisoner Troy Davis and his sister. Her previous books include The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian’s Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker, and Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival. Her films include Remembering the Gaza War, Witness Bahrain, One Family in Gaza, Rebuilding Hope: Sudan’s Lost Boys Return Home and Darfur Diaries: Message from Home.

Huwaida Arraf is a Palestinian American attorney and human rights activist. She is the co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement and former chairperson of the Free Gaza Movement.

St. James Valsin (Mustafa & Ensemble) is an artist and community advocate. Born to Haitian immigrant parents and raised in Miami, Florida, James has worked with organizations like Green Peace, Dream Defenders, and Black Lives Matter to bring about a more just society. Today James teaches guitar and poetry in public schools throughout Miami-Dade.

For questions, e-mail Dave Serio, Public Programming Specialist at [email protected].


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