MSAC member Kathy Shapiro and Mark Hage screen six films dealing with the history of the State of Israel and the occupation of Palestinian territory (West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights) that continues to the present time. Films will be a mix of documentaries and dramas with a short introduction prior and discussion following. The objective is to increase awareness of the history that has led to the current situation, and to provide space for civil and respectful discussion of multiple viewpoints. There is no political agenda to the series, no recruitment to any organization, movement or point of view. All events are free and open to the public. Donations to MSAC are appreciated. No advance registration is required.
A longer introduction to the film series, including backgrounds for Kathy and Mark, is also available in the office and online. They both are activists with Vermonters for Justice in Palestine (www.vtjp.org). Representatives from the local Jewish community have been invited to present a related series at MSAC in the future. A resource list and statement provided by VTJP and the film series planners are available below.
Note from MSAC Director: Our staff, Advisory Council and Program Committee recognize Israel/Palestine issues as controversial, timely, important topics. Co-sponsoring and hosting this series does not imply endorsement of any particular position on the part of MSAC staff, the MSAC Program Committee or the City of Montpelier. Our program policy includes the following: “programming decisions should be made to support healthy community dialogue, and reasonable efforts should be made to include multiple viewpoints in the same program or a program series.”
For specific films, please see the MSAC newsletter or call us at 223-2518.