Bath this weekend too
Thanks everyone - have updated original post.
The Hastings one has been moved to Sunday now, same places and times
Would there be any benefit in putting something in a (street level) window? Or is that just pointless. There’s no point writing to my MP because he’s a prick, although I guess I will do anyway.
Solidarity with anyone out at protests across the UK today
Remember to blur/hide any faces if you post photos.
Palestine Action also do direct action workshops if you sign up
Went to a local rally, was really nice. My friend had gone home by the time I got there so I was on my own, but glad I showed up. Some v excellent protest dogs too
Naturally the biggest boo was for Kier Starmer
Spotted police with cameras positioned on the steps by the National Gallery filming down into Trafalgar Square yesterday.
So much filming of the march in Bristol. At least three sets of cops at various places. Obviously lots of marchers capturing the event / the numbers, a few journalists but also passersby, some definitely undercover police, some curious bystanders and others who looked like none of those, possibly far right activists?
Bad to post close ups of people’s faces but also without sharing photos or videos the visibility of an event is massively reduced. more people should wear facial covering really
The Bristol Palestine Film Festival is back in 2023 with a diverse lineup of the very best in contemporary Palestinian cinema, arts and culture. This year’s festival takes place 2-10 December across four independent venues across the city, with a lineup of 7 feature-length films and two shorts evenings, showcasing the rich variety of stories from Palestine and the region. And for the first time we are hosting an evening of live spoken word with popular local poetry night Raise the Bar.
We acknowledge the difficult circumstances of this year’s events in Israel and Palestine, and we remain committed to our founding aim of showcasing Palestinian cinema and culture. We hope that this year’s festival will provide a space for commemoration, reflection and discussion, and we believe in giving a platform for Palestinian stories, culture and traditions. We are proud to be hosting four Directors’ Q&A sessions with award-winning film directors in our programme, and two expert panel discussions.
The festival opens on 2nd December with the hit feature film Farha and an evening of live poetry, spoken word and discussion. Over the next eight days we’re showing a diverse programme of award-winning films at Watershed, The Cube, Arnolfini and the Palestine Museum and Cultural Centre, including two country selections for Best International Film at the Oscars. Expect an eye-opening mix of contemporary perspectives from the region with interwoven themes of loss and memory, as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the 1948 nakba, when Palestinian land was occupied and dispossessed.
All events will include a merch stand with £5 Tote bags, Palestinian items and stocking fillers. All profits will be donated to Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).
NEXT EVENTS FOR PALESTINE
THURSDAY (9 NOV) FREE PALESTINE MUSIC EVENT, 10:30PM, STRANGE BREW BRIZ. ORGANISED BY COLLECTIVE SOLIDARITY AGAINST GENOCDE & APARTHEID
-FRIDAY (10 NOV) SCHOOL STRIKE FOR PALESTINE 11 AM, COLLEGE GREEN. ORGANISED BY SCHOOL STRIKE FOR PALESTINE
-FRIDAY (10 NOV) GAZA RALLY 5 PM, CASCADE STEPS. ORGANISED BY BRISTOL PSC
SATURDAY (11 NOV) NATIONAL DEMO, 12 NOON. LONDON.
SATURDAY (11 NOV) DAY TIME SOUNDSYSTEM DANCE FOR PALESTINE, 2PM LOST HORIZON. ORGANISED BY 1RELATION SOUND SYSTEM
SATURDAY (11 NOV) FUNDRAISER DUB FOR PEACE, 10PM, COSIES. ORGANISED BY TWO STEP FORWARD.
BRING PLACARDS, FLAGS & NOISE
Pre-order only atm but this shop in the West Bank sells beautiful keffiyeh(s?)
- document police brutality where you can
Films for Palestine Fundraiser
We stand in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank who are facing an escalation of violence by Israel aimed at their displacement, dispossession and destruction.
What we are witnessing right now in Gaza are the horrors of genocide. A culmination of violence which has been ongoing for 75 years.
This is what settler colonialism looks like. This is what it aims to do.
We are all witnesses. Of that, we have no choice but we can choose to recognise injustice when we see it. We can choose to speak up against it. We can choose to ask not just for peace but for justice.
Do what you can, even if it’s small. Not just for Palestinians but as a reminder to yourself, that you could never accept this injustice.
To help raise money to support Palestinians as they deal with this current escalation of violence, we are hosting a month-long online solidarity screening programme featuring a collection of six films by Palestinian filmmakers. In this collection of films, Palestinian filmmakers explore all the ways that the Israeli occupation stifles life and the many more ways that Palestinians find to resist and persist.
Donate what you can and please share widely. All donations will be split evenly between Medical Aid Palestine and Arwa’s relatives in Gaza.
We No Longer Prefer Mountains (2023) by Inas Halabi is an examination of the Druze religious minority in occupied Palestine, which takes the environment as a metaphor for the group’s fraught and complicated social position.
Foragers (2022) by Jumana Manna depicts the joy and knowledge around the practice of foraging for wild edible plants in Palestine/Israel and raises questions around the politics of extinction, namely who determines what is made extinct and what gets to live on.
Ghost Hunting (2017) by Raed Andoni follows a group of Palestinians who assemble to re-enact their experience of being held in an Israeli detention center in an effort to heal from their traumas.
Strange Cities Are Familiar (2019) by Saeed Taji Farouky is a short drama where a political refugee living in London tries to get back to his home in Palestine to see his dying son.
In Vitro (2019) by Larissa Sansour and Soren Lind is a rumination on memory, history, place and idendtity set in Bethlehem dedcades after an eco-disaster.
A World Not Ours (2012) by Mahdi Fleifel is an intimate, and often humorous, portrait of three generations of Palestinian exiles in the refugee camp of Ein el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon.
They Do Not Exist (1974) by Mustafa Abu Ali covers conditions in Lebanon’s refugee camps & the effects of Israeli bombardment.
Sign up and donate via the link in our bio and we will then share a link to all five films.
We’d like to thank all the filmmakers for giving us permission to use their films in solidarity with Palestinians and for their generosity and help during this horrendous time.
More information on how to donate here.
just seen that this only runs until Thursday 9am
well done to everyone demonstrating today