Wall-screening on the Israel / Palestine "separation wall"
Stephen Apkon and Andrew Young’s documentary "Disturbing the Peace" follows a group of former enemy combatants - Israeli soldiers from the most elite units, and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison - who have come together to challenge the status quo and say “enough."
The film screening was attended by a Israeli and Palestinian audience and was followed by a joint discussion about different perspectives of the conflict.
The film was extremely well received by the audience, particularly regarding the fact that Israelis and Palestinians took the stage together to discuss the need for collaboration and peace.
The discussion also included director Stephan Apkon, members of Combatants for Peace, and Shifa al-Qudsi, who was prevented from attending the Jerusalem Film Festival world premiere of the film last week by Israeli authorities.
“With the making of Disturbing the Peace, we were so grateful to have the opportunity to meet and share the story of so many Palestinian and Israeli ex-combatants who have had the courage to lay down their weapons and work together through nonviolence to end the Occupation and the conflict, and to secure freedom and security for both peoples.” Steve Apekon, director of Disturbing the Peace.
“The film follows people who have been directly involved in violence, who could have been targets for one another. It shows their transformation, our transformation to a non-violent struggle against the occupation and the violence between the two people. It shows that such a transformation is possible, that it’s necessary. I believe it makes it important.” Israeli-cofounder and one of the CFP members in the filme Avner Wishnitzer said.
On the same night Cinema for Peace also started the Open Sky Screening Series in Berlin, where Cinema for Peace Nominees will be shown. In cooperation with Greenpeace Cinema for Peace presented a free screening of the award-winning documentary How To Change The World. This remarkable documentary examines how Greenpeace, the environmental activist network, was founded in Vancouver in the early Seventies and its development to today. The crowded open air screening at the Weinbergspark in Berlin-Mitte was followed by a discussion panel featuring Rien Achterberg, an environmental activist and Greenpeace veteran who was a crew member on board the Greenpeace protest ship Rainbow Warrior when she was sunk by the French secret service off the coast of New Zealand in 1985.
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