[Videolib] New Releases from the Cinema Guild -Middle Eastern Studies

Handeh Kemmer (hkemmer@cinemaguild.com)
Thu, 26 Aug 2004 12:52:13 -0400

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"Media collections seeking an unbiased and balanced portrayal of one of=20
our world's most fractious situations should consider purchasing this =
well-crafted title.=94

School Library Journal

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DIFFERENT DRUMMERS:=20
DARING TO MAKE PEACE IN THE MIDEAST
Examining the efforts of Israeli and Palestinian organizations and =
individuals to overcome the legacy of bitterness between them and to =
find ways to end the ongoing conflict. It features interviews with a =
variety of Israeli human rights and peace activists who, out of =
political and religious commitment, are confronting the controversial =
issues of the Occupation, the Jewish settlements, the checkpoints, and =
the Palestinian refugee problem.=20

Directed by John Michalczyk
2003, color, 50 mins, VHS

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"=85turns out to be rather prescient=85offers viewers a lot of food for =
thought, while also presenting a seldom-seen glimpse of everyday Iraqi =
life=85a valuable contemporary document. Sure to be a popular addition, =
this is highly recommended for both public and academic library =
collections."-Video Librarian

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IRAQ: VOICES FROM THE STREETS=20
The filmaker joins a U.S. congressional delegation, led by Congressman =
Nick Rahall (D-West Virginia) and former South Dakota Senator James =
Abourezk, that traveled to Iraq in September 2002 to meet with Sa'doun =
Hammadi, Speaker of the Iraqi National Assembly, and Tariq Aziz, Iraqi =
Deputy Prime Minister, to discuss the readmission of UN arms inspectors =
in the hope of averting war. The video also features numerous =
'man-in-the-street' interviews with Iraqi citizens, commentary from =
international politicians and peace activists, shocking views of the =
impact of UN sanctions and U.S. bombing on the Iraqi economy and =
population, and the restrictions of the 'oil for food' program. Whatever =
one's attitude about the U.S. war with Iraq, this short video offers a =
rare chance to hear the views of ordinary Iraqi citizens about the U.S.

Directed by Sonia Angulo and Saul Landau
2002, color, 22 mins., VHS

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"Poignant, timely...important...a riveting documentary with the feel of =
an undercover expose." =97 School Library Journal

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SECRET HEBRON: THE SCHOOL RUN=20
Revealing the plight of young Palestinian children in the West Bank city =
of Hebron who regularly risk being attacked by Israeli soldiers as they =
try to go to school each morning. While the presence of international =
observers sometimes helps the children get safely to school, Israeli =
soldiers also regularly use percussion grenades, tear gas and rubber =
bullets against them. Thus, in direct contravention of UN resolutions =
and the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Israeli government continues to =
deny a generation of Palestinian children in the Occupied Territories =
their right to an education.

Directed by Donna Baillie
2003, color, 28 mins., VHS

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"=85Judgment Day is more interested in finding solutions than becoming =
mired in recriminations=85What gives the film poignancy is that the =
filmmaker seems as genuinely interested in the long-term effects the =
Occupation has on Israeli culture as in the physical damage it inflicts =
on Palestinians."=97Cineaste Magazine

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JUDGEMENT DAY
By comparing the current Israeli/Palestinian conflict with the previous =
struggle for liberation and democracy in South Africa, this film makes a =
universal statement about war and the effects of war on young people on =
both sides of the conflicts. Focusing on the experiences of two young =
South Africans who discuss how they were brutalized in the South African =
conflict and who explain their current search for healing. After tracing =
the 1967 occupation by Israel of the Palestinian territories and =
examining the viewpoint of the Israeli settler communities.

Directed by Kevin Harris
2001, color, 59 mins., VHS

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"...captivating...this timely program presents the rich and diverse =
society of Syria as one which could be emblematic of much of the Middle =
East, and is certainly worthy of purchase consideration for media =
collections needing well-timed and contemporary information in an =
effective presentation."=97School Library Journal

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SYRIA: BETWEEN IRAQ AND A HARD PLACE =20
Imagine a nation located between Israel, with its ongoing Palestinian =
tensions, and Iraq occupied by US forces. High U.S. officials threaten =
Syria, accusing it of accumulating weapons of mass destruction and =
having links to terrorists. Inside the country, we see a delicate =
balance of modern-clad men and women maintaining centuries-old =
traditions amidst satellite dishes on roofs and other symbols of =
globalization.=20

Directed by Saul Landau
2004, color, 30 mins., VHS

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"This important film is a damning indictment of how the government =
over-reacted after 9/11, singling out and targeting people who had =
nothing to do with terrorism. It should have the widest possible =
distribution and viewing by the American public." - Abdeen Jabara, Civil =
Rights Attorney and Former President of the American-Arab =
Anti-Discrimination Committee

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POINT OF ATTACK=20
In the aftermath of 9/11this documentary chronicles the racial =
profiling, large scale round-ups, detentions and mass deportations of =
Arab, Muslim and South Asian men as part of the government's "War on =
Terrorism." Interviews with detainees who tell about their arrest and =
detention, a mandatory special registration program that is imposed on =
Muslims, flights across the Canadian Border, and mass deportations =
overseas give a chilling view of their ordeal. The documentary frames =
the plight of these immigrant communities within the context of the US =
government's "other war" against civil liberties that is being waged via =
the USA Patriot Act. Although the "point of attack" of such legislation =
may be specific immigrant groups, the broader implications, detailing =
the undermining of basic freedoms for everyone, are explored.

Directed by: Kathleen Foster
2004,color, 46 mins, VHS=20

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"...effectively conveys reasons for Palestinian outrage, with stark =
evidence of the destruction wrought by the Israeli armed forces...For =
strong Middle East collections."=97Library Journal

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WOMEN IN BLACK
Documenting the activities of Women in Black, a multinational =
organization that holds vigils for peace around the world, focusing on =
their efforts to promote a peaceful resolution to the =
Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The video also features interviews with =
members of the Israeli Women in Black, Jewish Israeli women who in 1988 =
founded the organization to protest their government's Occupation of the =
West Bank and Gaza, as well as Palestinians struggling to maintain =
normal family life while surrounded by tanks and snipers, a Jewish =
settler woman who voices fears for her family, and documents the impact =
of the recent siege on life in Bethlehem, and the harsh realities of =
everyday life in the Jenin refugee camp.=20

Directed by Donna Baillie
2002, color, 53 mins., VHS

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BY THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT:=20
CHRIS JACKSON'S JOURNEY TO ISLAM
In 1996, basketball star Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (formerly Chris Jackson) =
caused a national stir when the NBA suspended him for refusing to stand =
during the national anthem because of his "Muslim conscience." The =
documentary reexamines this controversy, the media misrepresentations =
and the reactions of the Muslim immigrants who responded with an =
embarrassed disavowal. Although Abdul Rauf's stance was consistent with =
the political orientation of many African American Muslims, his dissent =
perplexed many immigrant Muslims unfamiliar with the long history of =
American dissent. The film documents multiple and competing perspectives =
creating a complex montage of voices, including the analyses of four =
Muslim jurists, addresses issues of Islam in the US which take on a =
special urgency after 9-11and yet the film remains a simple story of one =
man's spiritual journey. =20

Directed by Zareena Grewal
2004, 52 mins, VHS

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To request a preview tape, please call or email Handeh Kemmer=20

at (212) 685-6242 or hkemmer@cinemaguild.com

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The Cinema Guild
130 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212) 685-6242
Fax: (212) 685-4717
Web: www.cinemaguild.com

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