Social Justice Film Series: West of the Jordan River

February 21, 2020
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Location: 

  • Lounge
Lee McNair

On Friday, February 21, at 7 pm, the film “West of the Jordan River” will be shown at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, Maryland, 20814. Free admission and parking. Moderated Q&A will follow the showing. More than 40 religious and civic organizations support the 2020 Voices from the Holy Land Film Series, held in Virginia, D.C., and Maryland, now entering its sixth season. Visit https://www.facebook.com/VoicesHolyLand and www.VoicesFromTheHolyLand.org.

The documentary “West of the Jordan River” describes the efforts of citizens – both Israelis and Palestinians -- who are trying to overcome the consequences of occupation. The camera reveals the human ties woven by the military, human rights activists, journalists, mourning mothers, and even Jewish settlers. Faced with the failure of politics to solve the occupation issue, these men and women rise and act in the name of their civic consciousness. This human energy is a proposal for long overdue change. More at https://www.amazon.com/West-Jordan-River-Amos-Gitai/dp/B07BTGYDGB.

The 6th Annual Voices from the Holy Land Film Series seeks to offer a different perspective than mainstream media by presenting informative and compelling documentary films by Israeli, Palestinian, American, and European film makers to start conversations.

The topic of the Israeli-Palestinian “conflict” is a difficult conversation for most Americans to have, even for those who are informed and dispassionate. Most Americans are insufficiently informed and are conflicted on what to believe. Mainstream media, it is apparent, does not do a good job of presenting fully and fairly all sides of the issue; there is more “repeating” of the loudest voice than “reporting.” Lost in all of this cacophony are the voices of the people living in the Holy Land. The VFHL Film Series creates a space for the voice of the people living there to be heard.

Q&A discussion following the film screening.

Free event; open to all.