The Present film discussion event
The Present, an Oscar-nominated short film streaming on Netflix, portrays the daily obstacles facing Palestinians in the West Bank through the experiences of a Palestinian father and his daughter as they go to buy an anniversary gift for his wife.
The Present was recently awarded Best Short Film of 2021 by the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA).
Please join us virtually on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 6:00 pm (CT) for an open dialogue. We aim to create a space to share thoughts and feelings surrounding the film, to take a deeper look at the intricacies and nuances of Palestinian and Israeli experiences as depicted in the film, and to examine the film’s potential in the context of peacebuilding. Please watch the film ahead of the discussion. It is available to view on Netflix.
Registration is free! Follow this link to register.
This event will feature two guest moderators: Izzeddin Hawamda and Frances Ravinsky.
Izzeddin Hawamda – Izzeddin was born and raised in a rural village just outside of the city of Nablus in the West Bank, Palestine. He has lived in Canada for over 15 years and works as a high school teacher. He is currently working toward a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba. Izzeddin, along with Jewish-Canadian, and Quaker colleagues, is a co-founder of Gaser and has been speaking publicly about the power of dialogue and the importance of sharing, listening, and respecting diverse perspectives and narratives. Izzeddin is also working to develop opportunities for Indigenous students and newcomer students to share spaces and stories in an effort to build bridges and break down the barriers.
Frances Ravinsky - Frances has worked as a social development facilitator and educator for over two decades in First Nation communities and urban social service organizations. She works with a not for profit organization, Community Works Manitoba. Socially engaged art and first-person storytelling are core components of her community engagement practice. As a Jewish woman who was born shortly after the Second World War, she has always been keenly conscious of the human capacity to bring enormous suffering to the lives of those who are deemed "the unworthy other". Gaser gives her the opportunity to confront and explore the realities of the Palestinian occupation through open-hearted and nonjudgmental exchange.
This event is made possible by Peace Days 365 (inspired by Rotarian and Friends), Gaser (which means bridge), the Mennonite Church of Manitoba Working Group on Palestine and Israel and MCC Manitoba.