“Out of the Shadows” — a Palestine film festival, presented by PJALS and the Arab Culture Club of Spokane Community College, continues throughout April.
The festival, the first of its kind in Spokane, will be showing films at Spokane Community College at 7 p.m. April 16, 23 and 30. Tickets are available for a suggested $10 donation and are free to students.
al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine
Wed, April 16, 7p .m in the Lair at SCC.
An African American Gospel Choir goes to Palestine to sing about Martin Luther King, where they become witnesses to life under occupation and a non-violent movement for social justice.
(Double feature on April 30)
One Family in Gaza
filmmaker Jen Marlow’s extended visit with a family in Gaza: “Palestinians in Gaza are depicted either as violent terrorists or as helpless victims. The Awajah family challenges both portrayals.”
The Children of Ibdaa: To Create Something Out of Nothing
A Palestinian children’s dance troupe from a West Bank refugee camp uses dance to express the history and aspirations of the Palestinian people.
Wed, April 30, 7 p.m. In the Lair at SCC:
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