Kolkata – An evening to share experiences on Palestine

March 2, 2011

Organized by New Trade Union Initiative

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120 representatives from 18 countries in Asia traveled 7000 kilometers from New Delhi to Gaza in Palestine in December 2010 and January 2011 in a journey to provide solidarity support to Palestinians who are under a blockade in Gaza for the past few years. Their journey took them through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. Each day and country provided new experiences on the meaning of democracy , secularism and freedom; on the place of religion in the politics of a country; and on the forms of imperialist intervention in this region.

NTUI invites you to share these experiences with those who traveled this long journey.The meeting will start with a slide show and end with an Oscar award nominated feature film” Paradise Now”. It will be addressed by Ashim Roy , General Secretary of NTUI and Swapan Ganguly from Paschim Banga Khet Majoor Samity. Comrade Santosh Rana has kindly agreed to chair the meeting.

Venue : Students Hall, College Square, Kolkata

Date and time : 5th March 2011 at 3 PM

Click here to read the Bengali leaflet for the event

Details of the film to be screened –

Paradise now (2005)

Length (in minutes): 90 min.
Director: Hani Abu-asaad
Country of Production: Belgium

A story of two friends in Palestine (West Bank), selected by their organization to go on a suicide bombing mission to Israel, the movie takes a deep look into the context of the occupation and conflict. Apart from daily hardship of life under occupation, the movie registers many of the existing discourses(pro and against) the act of suicide bombing and violence. It also reflects upon the mental dilemma of the main characters in undertaking such a task. Directed by Hani Abu-asaad (Palestine), the movie was nominated for Oscar in 2006 as the best foreign language movie of the year.