Remembering Rachel Corrie - 10 years later
Film followed by Conversation
On March 16, 2003, American activist, Rachel Corrie, age 23, was run over and killed by an armoured Israeli bulldozer in Gaza while protecting a home from demolition. In the 10 years since much has changed and much has stayed the same. But we cannot forget Rachel's burning love for people and sense of justice. She inspired many with her action, words and ultimate sacrifice. We remember Rachel with a screening of the film, Rachel, made in 2009 by acclaimed filmmaker, Simone Bitton, who also made the much-loved film, As the Land is the Language (1997), about the Palestinian poet, Mahmound Darwish.
The premiere was at Berlin Film Festival in February 2009. "Rachel is an in-depth cinematic investigation into the death of an unknown young girl, made with a rigor and scope normally reserved for first-rate historical characters. It gives voice to all the people involved in Rachel’s story, from Palestinian and foreign witnesses to Israeli military spokespersons and investigators, doctors, activists and soldiers linked to the affair. The film begins like a classic documentary, but soon develops, transcending its subject and transforming into a cinematographic meditation on youth, war, idealism and political utopia. In the beginning, there is this: she was called Rachel Corrie. She was 23. She was convinced that her American nationality would be enough to make her an effective human shield, that her simple presence would save lives, olive trees, wells and houses." from catalogue Berlinale Film Festival 2009
France, Belgium | 2009 | Simone Bitton | 100 minutes
Need to know:
- Doors open at 6:45
- $5 donation (suggested)
- Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
- Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities
Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za'atar dipping.
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