Happy Spring! We are excited to update you on recent developments with Peace It Together. Please read on to find out more!
In April, our 2011 Israeli and Palestinian participants met together for a reunion in Beit Jala. The youth were excited to see each other and spent the day sharing what life has been like since the summer program. They discussed the unity they'd felt during the summer intensive, the ways Peace it Together has impacted them, and the challenges they experienced upon returning home.
The youth expressed interest in further bi-national collaboration, facilitation training, and teaming up with other youth facilitators or groups in the region. The day ended with everyone eager to host more screenings and dialogue sessions.
To see photos and reflections from the bi-national meeting, check out our blog post.
The 2011 participants have been busy screening their films all over Israel, Palestine and Canada.
Some recent screenings have been:
Café Yaffa (Jaffa / Yafo)
Peace Education Community Center (Tulkarem)
Langara College Peace & Conflice Studies (Vancouver)
Israeli/Palestinian Women’s group (Caesarea)
Community Screening (Al Aqba, West Bank)
Jerusalem High School (Bethlehem)
Non-Violence Film Festival (Waterloo, Ontario)
Seeds of Peace Office (Ramallah)
The films have generated heated and challenging discussions, and at a screening in the Middle East a Palestinian audience member expressed her gratitude, saying that if the youth weren't creating these opportunities to dialogue, they would have few opportunities to express thier opinions.
To learn more about the screenings in Vancouver, Al Aqaba, and Yafo /Jaffa, visit our blog.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
It’s intriguing to see the responses each film evokes. In screening after screening, audience members have shared very different reflections after watching the same film. We believe this speaks to the films' ability to reach each person where they're at.
For example, in Movement, some audience members saw suffering and a loss of identity, while others saw a hopeful image of coming together. Some thought the dancing represented diversity, while other thought it represented inequality.
What do you think? Watch a 2011 film and add your comments at the bottom of the page
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Visit our website for details and forward this link to anyone you think would be an ideal candidate.
GET TO KNOW OUR STAFF
Meet our three regional Project Managers, who are working hard to support the 2011 participants!
Rasha (right) with Paslestinian Participant, Khalil
Rasha Mukbil has been our Palestinian Project Manager since January 2012. Living in Ramallah, Rasha connects with Palestinian participants and supports them as they screen films and create opportunities for dialogue around the conflict.
Shelley (middle, with glasses) with Israeli Participants
Shelley Hermon has been our Israeli Project Manager since January 2012. Living in Tel Aviv, Shelley supports our Israeli participants and helps them find screening opportunities, engage their communities in dialogue, and encourage other Israelis to join peace-related activities.
Metha (right) with Canadian Participant, Anita
Metha Brown has been our Canadian Project Manager since October 2011. Metha works in our downtown Vancouver office and supports the 2011 Canadian participants as they work to build bridges between Arab, Muslim and Jewish communities in Canada.
Our main office has re-located to The Old BC Electric Building, at the corner of Carrall and Pender
Our new address is:
Suite 150 – 425 Carrall Street