May 15th marks the 65th anniversary of the dispossession of the Palestinian people that came with the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. This day is referred to as “Al Nakba,” the Arabic word for “catastrophe”, and is commemorated by Palestinians worldwide, The Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF) said in a press release.
The TPFF is commemorating Al Nakba with the North American premiere of Ahmed Damen’s documentary The Red Stone, which will take place on Wednesday May 15, 2013 at 7:00pm in Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St Toronto, on Admission: $5 suggested donation North American Premiere Trailer
The Red Stone: Taking its title from the characteristic red stone used to build many of Jerusalem’s historic buildings, Ahmad Damen’s documentary focuses on Palestinian areas of West Jerusalem that were depopulated in 1948 to create the state of Israel.
While tracking the architectural and family histories of these splendid properties, The Red Stone reveals the buildings’ current occupants, the Israeli real estate companies trading in their “exotic” appearances, and the original owners now barred from their ancestral homes.
This touching film uses personal narratives and archival footage to tell the stories of the displaced inhabitants and their attempts to reunite with their childhood homes.
The 6th annual TPFF takes place Sept 28- Oct 4, 2013. Established in 2008, TPFF celebrates film as an art form and means of expression by showcasing the vibrant heritage, resilience, and narratives of the Palestinian people.
thanks to: Palestine News Network