The Mideast struggle
from the eyes of
children

By Angela Mulholland
CTV News Staff
June 26, 2002

Frontiers of Dreams
and Fears

Sarah Lazarovic
Eye, Film Week
June 27, 2002

A R C H I V E D
Advance tickets available at Toronto Women's Bookstore, 73 Harbord, (416) 922-8744
Tickets available on location at Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave), 7:30 pm, Thu, June 27
Ticket holders please show up no later than 7:45

Creative Response Presents
AN EVENING WITH PALESTINIAN AMERICAN FILMMAKER MAI MASRI

June 4, 2002 -- Creative Response is pleased to present an evening with Palestinian American filmmaker Mai Masri on Thursday, June 27, 8:00 pm at Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave). The programme will include a screening of Masri's award-winning 2001 production, FRONTIERS OF DREAMS AND FEARS, followed by an on-stage conversation between Masri and Nahla Abdo, co-editor of WOMEN AND THE POLITICS OF MILITARY CONFRONTATION: PALESTINIAN AND ISRAELI GENDERED NARRATIVES OF DISLOCATION, which will have its Toronto launch earlier that evening.

FRONTIERS OF DREAMS AND FEARS (56 min., beta, Lebanon/USA) is a deeply textured portrait of refugee life. From camps in Beirut and Bethlehem, two Palestinian girls befriend one another via letters, e-mail and video. Mona, who lives in a Beirut refugee camp, and Manar, who resides in Bethlehem's Al-Dheisha camp under Israeli military rule, develop a friendship that echoes and transcends the barriers separating them. Shot during the liberation of South Lebanon and at the beginning of the Al Aqsa Intifada, FRONTIERS explores the intense connections formed between young people whose insights about displacement and war defy their age.

MAI MASRI is a Palestinian filmmaker whose award-winning films have been broadcast on more than 100 television stations around the world. With filmmaker Jean Chamoun, she formed MTC and Nour Productions. FRONTIERS OF DREAMS AND FEARS (2001) won First Prize at the International Women's Film Festival in Torino, Italy, First Prize at the Ismailia Film Festival, the Earth Vision Award in Tokyo, the Special Jury Award at the Beirut International Film Festival and was named Best Documentary by the Egyptian Documentary and Film Critics Association.

Proceeds from the Mai Masri screening and discussion will go to a university scholarship fund set up by Masri for thirty young Palestinian students from the Shatila and Dheisha refugee camps. To date, Masri has raised funds for sixteen of the students and hopes to cover the scholarships of the remaining fourteen and to increase the number of beneficiaries as the scholarship fund develops. Suggested donation for the screening/talk: $12 and up (unwaged pay what you can).

The Evening With Mai Masri programme will be preceeded by the Toronto book launch of WOMEN AND THE POLITICS OF MILITARY CONFRONTATION: PALESTINIAN AND ISRAELI GENDERED NARRATIVES OF DISLOCATION, co-edited by Nahla Abdo (Carleton University, Ottawa) and Ronit Lentin (Trinity College, Dublin) and published by Berghahn Books. As the crisis in Israel does not show any signs of abating, this remarkable collection, edited by an Israeli and a Palestinian scholar and with contributions by Palestinian and Israeli women, offers a vivid and harrowing picture of the conflict and of its impact on daily life, especially as it affects women's experiences. Presented by the Toronto Women’s Bookstore, the book launch will take place at 6:30 pm at sPaHa, 66 Harbord Street. Admission is free-of-charge. (Visit http://www.womensbookstore.com or call (416) 922-8744 for further details.)

An Evening With Mai Masri is presented by Creative Response, which brings together artists, writers, educators and cultural workers to initiate artistic interventions to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine and to create a public space for meaningful dialogue towards a just peace in Israel/Palestine.

Creative Response would like to acknowledge the generous assistance of V Tape, Innis College, Charles Street Video and VK & Associates in donating the equipment, venue, dubbing services and media relations work required for this screening. The Evening With Mai Masri is further sponsored by: Al Awda Canada, Mayworks, Women Against the Occupation-Toronto, Jewish Women's Committee Against the Occupation, Palestine House, CUPE 3903, Coalition Against War and Racism, Coalition for a Just Peace in Palestine & Israel, Jewish Youth Against the Occupation Centre for Baalqisian Studies (London,ON), Companions of Qays (London,ON), Canadian Education Opportunities (London,ON) and Women Against the Occupation (Ottawa).

For further information, contact:
Virginia Kelly, VK & Associates (416) 466-9799, viginia.vk@sympatico.ca