“It’s What We Do”: Film Screening and Pot Luck Dinner

For the many, of whom each individual is but an ordinary person, when they meet together may very likely be better than the few good, if regarded not individually but collectively, just as a feast to which many contribute is better than a dinner provided out of a single purse, especially if one of the many is bringing biryani and naan from Nirala’s of Elmwood Park.  –Aristotle, Politics, III.11

Jewish Voice for Peace of Northern N.J.
& the Palestinian American Community Center
invite you to

“It’s What We Do”
Film screening and pot-luck supper
Friday, March 1st, 6:30 p.m.
Palestinian American Community Center
388 Lakeview Ave.
Clifton, New Jersey 07011

“It’s What We Do” was born [when] former IDF soldier Avner Gvaryahu… was speaking about the [Israeli] organization Breaking the Silence and its new book, Our Harsh Logic. … I was inspired by his courage in speaking out about the realities of the Israeli occupation… The play is drawn directly from the testimonies: the soldiers’ reflections are verbatim; the enacted stories are ones they tell…[T]hree composite soldiers represent varying responses to the harsh occupation policies they enforce: moral indignation, power highs, inner conflict…. [T]hey are interviewed by The Voice in the audience, who encourages them to confront what they have done. [Recounting] their stories, they face their roles as perpetrators of injustice. We in the audience are challenged just as they are: What are we doing with our awareness of this injustice?

Pamela Nice, writer, and director. (53 minutes)

Snow Date March 8 • bring food to share (homemade or purchased)
To limit trash, please consider bringing a travel mug & utensils.

 

2 thoughts on ““It’s What We Do”: Film Screening and Pot Luck Dinner

  1. Perhaps the best thing I could say about Pamela Nice’s film, “It’s What We Do,” is that it brought back memories: what it depicts is all too familiar to anyone who’s spent time in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, but seems to come as a surprise to everyone else.

    A nice review in Washington City Paper, from 2017:

    Her play centers around three Israel Defense Forces soldiers. As they are interviewed about the acts of violence and subjugation they committed against Palestinians, the soldiers express regret and, at times, agonizing guilt about enforcing an occupation that they morally oppose. Intermittent scenes dramatize the horror and supply a close-up view of the ramifications of the occupation.

    Here’s the website for Breaking the Silence, the source of much of the testimony in the film:

    https://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/testimonies/database

    For Palestinian testimony, of course, there’s B’Tselem, Adalah, and Al Haq:

    https://www.btselem.org/

    https://www.adalah.org/en

    http://www.alhaq.org/

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