In the spring of 2017, committee member Samiha Abdeldjebar spent six days in the West Bank and Jerusalem, and subsequently made a 23-min short film from the footage she had shot throughout her time there. The short documentary had its premiere in Trowbridge on 19 January, closely followed a week later by its first showing in Bradford on Avon on the 25 January.
The Trowbridge screening was co-organised by Trowbridge Arts and BoAFoP, as part of the Getting Together Through Films, a community cinema project curated by Lorena Pino, and which aims to build bridges between people who live in the area, using films from around the world as a resource for better understanding. Six Days was shown just before the award-winning feature Gaza Surf Club; the event was sold out. After the screening, Lorena and Samiha led an informal discussion about the films and the situation in Palestine. The audience then enjoyed a Middle-Eastern buffet accompanied by Moroccan mint-tea, kindly prepared and served by local volunteers.
The following screening of Six Days took place at United Church, and was followed by two talks about the West Bank, one by our member Penny Welch about her trip to Palestine to take part in the olive harvest; and the other by local activist Judith Gradwell about her tour with ICAHD (Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions) – both very clear, passionate and informative. Samiha, Penny and Judith then took questions from the audience, and there was a lively discussion.
Six Days will be shown again in Wiltshire and beyond; and will have an online release soon – we’ll keep you posted!