Lebanon: July War and Beyond
Photographs, Video and Discussion
a benefit for independent media projects in Lebanon
donations will be collected at the door
Friday, January 18
3030b 16th St (@Mission)
During the summer of 2006, from July 12 to August 14, Israel dropped hundreds of thousands of bombs and sent ground troops into southern Lebanon using Hezbollah’s capture of 2 Israeli soldiers as a pretext. The Israeli bombardment killed 1200 people and destroyed 145,000 homes, whole towns, and neighborhoods, leaving a landscape littered with unexploded cluster bombs in its wake. These cluster bombs (1.2 million dropped total) continue to claim lives with 32 killed and 200 injured since the official ceasefire. Israel’s military defeat expanded the scope of Hezbollah’s political power bringing Lebanon to a delicate situation today, with a power struggle marked by assassination bombings, strikes, and encampments.
Please join us for an evening of documentation and analysis of the events in Lebanon and contribute to supporting independent media projects in the country.
This Pain Has No Ceasefire
A collection of black and white photographs shot during and directly after the July ‘06 war. Images by Ali Tonak and words by Barucha Calamity Peller. Ali and Barucha reported for Pacifica and Turkish radio stations as well as other independent media outlets during the July War.
July War (http://www.julywarthemovie.com
A 20 minute excerpt from forthcoming documentary, an in-depth look at the 2006 Lebanon War. It examines the effects on Lebanon’s people, economy, and environment. Rare footage of the war shows the magnitude of destruction and loss of human life. The film includes exclusive interviews with key figures involved in the conflict. Filmmaker Brandon Jourdan will be present. He has contributed to Democracy Now!, Now with Bill Moyers, PBS’s Foreign Exchange, Free Speech Television, and to Amnesty International video projects.
Followed by a discussion with Rayan El-Amine. Rayan is a native of Lebanon and editor of Left Turn magazine. He will give some context to the war and an update of what has been happening in Lebanon since then.