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"Occupation Has No Future" Panel, San Francisco Premiere, 2/3/11: audio & photos
The new documentary "Occupation Has No Future: Militarism + Resistance in Israel/Palestine" premiered in San Francisco on February 3rd, 2011, at the War Memorial Veterans Building. Through the voices of those living and resisting in Israel and Palestine, the film begins by examining the militarism that is so deeply ingrained in Israeli culture through conscription and the promotion of an irrational fear of the Arab "other" then takes viewers through to the West Bank, examining the real-life effects of the occupation on Palestinians and the abuses they endure from both settlers and the Israeli Defense Forces. The well-attended premiere in San Francisco received a rousing and appreciative reception from the audience. The screening was followed by a discussion panel which included David Zutnick, director of the film, and other members of the contingent that traveled together in late 2009 to connect with Israeli and Palestinian war resisters and to produce the film.
Speakers and panelists included Bill Creighton, Veterans for Peace (http://www.veteransforpeace.org); Chris Crass, Catalyst Project (http://www.collectiveliberation.org); Toby Kramer, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (http://www.ijsn.net); David Zutnick, film director (http://www.upheavalproductions.com); Clare Bayard, Catalyst Project and War Resisters League (http://www.warresisters.org); Eddie Falcon, Iraq Veterans Against the War (http://www.ivaw.org); and Matt Edwards, Iraq Veterans Against the War. A brief silence about four minutes into the audio represents the time the documentary was screened and the panel is introduced about ten minutes into the audio here.
The film has since premiered in San Rafael and is set to screen in cities across the West and East Coasts. For information on upcoming screenings, see http://www.upheavalproductions.com/articles/6/upcoming-screenings.
Upheaval Productions' Occupation Has No Future: Militarism + Resistance in Israel/Palestine
Indybay feature on "Occupation Has No Future":
USF student Azma Ashran from Afghanistan asks the audience to get up out of their seats and see the world