MFC & PSC present Recipes of Resistance - An Evening of Palestinian Food Film & Solidarity
This fundraising event shall include the screening of a number of current documentary films on the Palestinian predicament*, a cookery demonstration of Hummus & Fattoush followed & communal offering of Palestinian Food. 2 members of Manchester PSC will lead a Q&A session. Funds will also be raised through the sale of DVDs, Palestinian craft and produce. Any takings (after costs) from this fundraising event shall be donated to the PSC.
Doors 7pm Screenings from 725pm
"Resistance Recipes" - Official Selection at LONDON PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL, BRISTOL PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL, TORONTO PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL and SHEFFIELD DOC VIDEOTHEQUE - is a 30-minute film (2013) by Dáša Raimanová, a London-based freelance filmmaker originating from Slovakia. Dasa graduated with a BA in Film, Video and Interactive Arts from Middlesex University. Her work explores socio-political topics, generally focussing on the stories of strong women. Her interest is in ordinary people with extra ordinary lives.
"Resistance Recipes" is a short documentary film about sustainable agriculture in the West Bank. Cuisine has long been a meeting ground for passion and politics in the case of Palestine. Resistance Recipes is a documentary composed of several stories examining culinary and agricultural projects inspired by resistance. Personal and political insights accompany an account of independent eco-farming, a look at a women's farming and marketing cooperative, and includes a discussion of a buy-local initiative.
The screening of this film is part of a simultaneous screening event organised by Glasgow-based Camcorder Guerrillas & The Radical Film Network's 2016 Unconference. The aim of this UK-wide "simultaneous screening" event is to generate awareness and solidarity for Palestinian farmers and food producers in the ongoing Middle East conflict, as well as providing an opportunity to further develop the network of groups and organisations keen to use film as a tool to develop awareness and grow community cohesion around important social justice issues. As part of this "simultaneous screening" event , ten other screenings of Resistance Recipes have taken place at Liverpool Radical Film Festival, STEAM in Wigan, P21 Gallery in London, Lush - Oxford Street, London, DeCentre - London, Oban Community Cinema - Argyll, GreenCity - Glasgow, The Stove Network - Dumfries, Velocity Cafe - Inverness, Medway Palestinian Support Group - Medway
*Film screenings include: 2 poems by Ratif Ziadah, "Jameela's Kitchen"(10m), footage of the current conditions for Palestinian women and Children in the West Bank & Gaza.
The evening will end with a public Q&A led by Linda Clair and Norma Turner who are active members of Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign; the Boycott Israel Network and Northern Women for Palestine.
Norma is a retired nurse and has been to Gaza on several occasions since the 70s to work on projects supporting women and children. One such project was working with Jameela a community leader in Zeytoun,one of the poorest parts of Gaza. Jameela established a kitchen as a productive unit for disadvantaged women to work in. The Northern Women's group became partners with "Jameela's Kitchen" and use the story of the kitchen to educate people through food about the lives of the people of Palestine.
Linda first visited Palestine in 1986 and was so shocked and moved by her experience she has campaigned since that time in solidarity with Palestine. She is very knowledgeable and has used that knowledge to educate many people on the situation in Palestine.
"The Israeli state denies Palestinian people all of their basic human rights including in many cases access to water; food; jobs; education; justice through the courts; good health care and medicines. The continued collective punishment of the indigenous population of Palestine is enforced through military might and support of America and Europe, including the British Government. The Palestinian people are prisoners in their own land and yet as a people they show resilience and resistance; Jameela's Kitchen is one example of this", Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
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