“Two Sided Story” Screening & Facilitated Discussion

A screening of Tor Ben Mayor’s film “Two Sided Story” and facilitated discussion with Bassam Hajj and Sharon Gubbay Helfer

October 10, 2013
8:00 PM
LB 671.10

Visit COHDS’s website to RSVP (required)

“In the film, Emmy award director, Tor Ben Mayor follows a group of 27 Palestinians and Israelis who meet under the frame of a unique project called “History through the Human Eye” led by Parents Circle-Families Forum – bereaved Palestinian and Israelis for Peace and Reconciliation. The project’s goal is to acknowledge the narrative of the other. Together they create the conflict mosaic. Among them include Bereaved families, Orthodox Jews and religious Muslims, settlers, ex soldiers in the Israeli army, ex security prisoners, citizens of the Gaza strip, kibbutz members, second generation holocaust survivors, non violent activists and more. Each and every one holds his own historical truth, and carries with him his own emotional baggage.

They are not trying to convince each other that their narrative is right, nor are they seeking a political solution. They have simply been asked to listen, to clarify the differences between how they grasp reality and how they see the other side. The participants offer us an insight into their inner world; they share their personal experiences along with historical and political interpretation to key events in the conflict: The Nakba, the Holocaust, Occupation, bereavement, suicide bombing, Israeli army, the separation wall etc. Will the group, in spite of the gaps and the natural tendency to stick to their former views, accept the reality that is reflected in the mirror of their colleagues? The same colleagues who outside are allegedly defined as their enemy?”

Visit the website for more details on the film.

Please join us for this intimate opportunity for affiliates and friends of CEREV, MIGS and COHDS to share impressions and to address together issues raised by this difficult dialogue. Refreshments will be served.

Center for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence