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As Archbishop Elias Chacour, a Palestinian and citizen of Israel who has struggled tirelessly and nonviolently for a just peace in the land has observed: a settlement in Israel-Palestine, which must offer security and recognition for all people, is not just about politics. It is about disarmed truth, and recognising in each other a wounded brother and sister, not an enemy or a threat.
This afternoon (Sunday 25 August, 4pm), Just Festival has a special screening of the moving, insightful and thoughtful film Two-Sided Story.
Even if you can't get there, this movie is very well worth looking out for. The cinema trailer can be viewed here: http://justfestivalnews.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/the-cost-of-peace.html
The film is a powerful narrative involving 27 Palestinians and Israelis meeting for a unique project called ‘History through the Human Eye’.
Bereaved Palestinian families, Orthodox Jews and religious Muslims, settlers, ex-soldiers, ex-security prisoners and citizens of the Gaza strip; each holds their own historical truth and shares their own emotional baggage with each other.
It is showing in the hall at St John's Church (corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road, venue 127). Tickets are £6 and can be purchased at the cash-only box office at the venue.
This particular showing has been sponsored by Parents Circle - Families Forum (PCFF), which is a grassroots organisation of bereaved Palestinians and Israelis. The PCFF promotes reconciliation as an alternative to hatred and revenge. More here: http://www.theparentscircle.com/
Tor Ben-Mayor • Israel Palestine 2010 • 1h15m • Hebrew, Arabic/English subtitles Rated 18.
Just Festival, also known simply as Just, runs from 2-26 August 2013. It is based at St John's Church, Edinburgh, and some 27 other occasional venues, and combines artistic and performance style events with conversations, talks, films, exhibits and other ways of exploring how to live together creatively in a mixed-belief society.
* Ekklesia is a sponsor of Just Festival. Our news, reporting and comment is aggregated at: www.ekklesia.co.uk/justfestivalTweet
Our work on Israel-Palestine relates to exploring nonviolence, active peacemaking and conflict resolution, in particular the work of Christian Peacemaker Teams and the World Council of Churches EAPPI. Ekklesia associate Harry Hagopian has particular expertise on the Middle East. Research includes: