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Presentation, documentary screening on nonviolent Palestinian resistance set for Dec. 11

December 6, 2012

5BrokenCamerasEAU CLAIRE — A presentation and documentary about the nonviolent resistance in the West Bank Palestinian village of Bil-in will be presented Dec. 11 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The 2011 documentary "5 Broken Cameras" by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi will screen at 7:30 p.m. in the Woodland Theater of Davies Center. Iyad Burnat, Emad Burnat's brother and leader of Bil-in's resistance movement, will attend the screening and give a presentation.

"5 Broken Cameras" documents life in Bil-in, a village where citizens have held weekly demonstrations since 2005 against the building of the Israeli separation wall through the community's agricultural lands. The demonstrators, along with Israeli and international peace activists, have maintained a commitment to nonviolent methods of resistance in spite of armed, military opposition that has resulted in many injuries and some deaths.

It is important for people outside of Palestine to see the film because most people don't know what is happening there, Emad Burnat said.

"They hear about it and see it on the news, but they don't know the truth," he said. "To use the footage and the personal story, and to put all of this in one film is very touching and very strong."

Cathy Sultan, an Eau Claire resident and board member of the Interfaith Peace Builders, said the film will give the American public an opportunity to see the Palestinian narrative that is too often absent from mainstream media.

She stayed with Iyad Burnat and his family on a delegation to Israel and Palestine.

"Iyad is a brave and courageous man who, along with his fellow Palestinians, works tirelessly for what they know to be their basic human rights," Sultan said.

Iyad Burnat, who is on a three-month speaking tour across the United States, will discuss the struggle of the nonviolent resistance and the goal of peace and prosperity for all people. His tour is sponsored by Interfaith Peace Builders and Jewish Voice for Peace.

The film screening and presentation at UW-Eau Claire are co-sponsored by the Middle East studies minor and the department of geography and anthropology.

The documentary and presentation also will be offered at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation building in downtown Eau Claire.

For more information about the film or speaker, contact Cathy Sultan at cgsultan@charter.net.

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