This month's Wednesday Session
(30 May) will feature a film screening of the highly acclaimed movie, Lemon Tree:
Director: Eran Riklis
Writers: Eran Riklis and Suha Arraf
Actors: Hiam Abbass, Rona Lipaz-Michael and Ali Suliman
About the Movie:
Salma Zidane lives in a tiny Palestinian village in the Occupied West Bank. She is 45 years old and a widow. When the Israeli Minister of Defense (illegally) builds a house next door, Selma's lemon trees come to the attention of his bodyguards - her trees are deemed a "security threat".
With her daughters married and her son working in the USA, Salma finds herself isolated. But she still decides to challenge the Israeli military by taking the issue to court. Salma finds a young lawyer who will take the case all the way to Israel's Supreme Court. However, Ziad Daud, the young attorney, is up against a battery of conniving Israeli military lawyers. It's an unfair battle, that isn't made any easier when the 45-year-old widow falls in love with her lawyer, a divorcee ten years her junior…
"Lemon Tree" is a moving and very personal story but also one that throws light on issues such as Israel's Apartheid Wall, its illegal Settlements and its flawed legal system. View the trailer here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIoowHIpUT0
The movie will be followed by a brief presentation by a legal researcher who will provide his insights on some of the cases that have come before the Israeli Supreme Court, specifically those relating to the Israeli Wall. His presentation will tie in to the plot of the movie, specifically exploring the legal context within the storyline and whether Palestinians should even consider using Israeli courts, given its compromised and circumvented power.
When: 30 May 2012
Time: 20h00 for 20h15
Where: Love and Revolution, 7th Street, Melville, Joburg
Hosts: SA Artists Against Apartheid and BDS South Africa
See you on Wednesday!
South African Artists Against Apartheid and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions in South Africa (BDS South Africa)
PS: Have you read the letter that the SA Artists Against Apartheid have written to the Red Hot Chili Peppers urging them to cancel their upcoming Israeli gig? Click here to see the letter...