The MOJO (Mission Outreach Justice Opportunities) Team at First Church invites you to an online screening of the film There Is A Field, and a talk-back with film producer Jen Marlowe and Black Lives Matter artists and activists, on Wednesday, June 16th at 7:00 pm. You must register ahead of time, and you can do that up to one hour before the screening.
Perhaps you have wondered…
What does Black Lives Matter have to do with Israel/Palestine?
Why were Palestinians in Israel protesting peacefully last month, and what happened to them?
Are there similarities between what is happening to Palestinians in Israel/Palestine, and to Black people here in the United States, and how can we be allies?
Attend the film screening and find out!
CLICK HERE to register for the screening so you’ll receive the Zoom link for the event.
There Is A Field, a new documentary by Donkeysaddle Productions, will be screened via Zoom on Wednesday, June 16, from 7:00-9:00 pm MDT. Donkeysaddle believes that change comes when movements struggling for justice and liberation are connected, and that art and storytelling play a vital role. Donkeysaddle’s mission is to challenge injustice in all of its manifestations, to connect movements, and nurture radical imagination.
There Is A Field tells the story of Asel Asleh, an unarmed 17-year-old killed by the police. Asel’s story is tragically familiar for Americans, but Asel was not killed in Ferguson, New York City, Atlanta, or Minneapolis. Asel was a Palestinian teenager who was murdered by Israeli police while he was participating in a demonstration calling for an end to the Israeli occupation and settler-colonization.
There Is A Field is performed by Black Lives Matter activists in the U.S., and is intercut with the activists’ realizations of the parallels between Asel’s story and the experiences of Black communities in the U.S. Amidst the ongoing Black Lives Matter uprising that reignited in the spring of 2020 following the police murder of George Floyd, There Is A Field provides a unique and timely lens for discussing decolonization, Black liberation, Black-Palestinian solidarity, and cross-movement organizing, and for examining root causes of state-sanctioned violence and structural racism, such as Zionism and white supremacy.
The recent violence in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza makes this topic worth the time to contemplate and discuss as a community.
MOJO Coordinator Brenda Mehos recalls that “(a)fter visiting Palestine and Israel several times I personally awakened to the parallels I was seeing there and in our country. With recent violence in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza almost a year after the murder of George Floyd, I think this topic is really worth our time to contemplate and discuss as a community.”
The screening of There Is A Field will take place virtually (via Zoom) on Wednesday, June 16, from 7:00-9:00 pm. The film is 70 minutes long, and will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Jen Marlowe, and activists and artists in the struggle for Black and Palestinian liberation.
Registration in advance is REQUIRED. REGISTER HERE to receive the Zoom link for the event.
QUESTIONS? Email Brenda Mehos.
CLICK HERE to visit the OFFICIAL WEBSITE for There Is A Field.
Below: watch the TRAILER for There Is A Field.
CLICK HERE to visit the official website for There Is A Field.