27 February 2011

The Gaza Convoy Experience: Meeting And Film Show Invitation

The New Trade Union Initiative, of which PBKMS is a part, invites you to share the experience of the Asia to Gaza Solidarity Caravan at Students Hall, College Square, Kolkata on March 5 at 3 p.m.

A hundred and twenty representatives from 18 countries in Asia travelled 7,000 kilometers from New Delhi to Gaza in Palestine in December 2010 and January 2011 to express solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza facing a blockade for the past few years.

Their journey took them through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. Each day and country provided new experiences on the meaning of democracy, secularism and freedom; on the place of religion in the politics of a country; and on the forms of imperialist intervention in this region.

The meeting will start with a slide show and end with an Oscar award nominated feature film, Paradise Now. It will be addressed by Ashim Roy, General Secretary of NTUI, and Swapan Ganguly from Paschim Banga Khet Majoor Samity. Santosh Rana will chair the meeting.

This will be followed by a film, Paradise Now. A story of two friends in Palestine (West Bank), selected by their organization to go on a suicide bombing mission to Israel, the movie takes a deep look into the context of the occupation and conflict. Apart from daily hardship of life under occupation, the movie registers many of the existing discourses (for and against) the act of suicide bombing and violence. It also reflects upon the mental dilemma of the main characters in undertaking such a task.

Directed by Hani Abu-asaad (Palestine), the 90-minute long movie was nominated for Oscar in 2006 as the best foreign language movie of the year.

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