DC Cinema Palestine: Ford Transit / Discussion by Huwaida Arraf
Sunday, April 10th 2005 6 pm
Theme: Palestinian Identity
6:00 pm - Ford Transit
Followed by a discussion lead by Huwaida Arraf of the International Solidarity Movement
Ford Transit (Hani Abu-Assad, Palestine, Documentary, 2002, 80 minutes)
The documentary is about the people who commute in between Israeli military checkpoints via Ford mini-vans. Filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad interviews Rajai Khatib, the young Ford truck taxi driver, and his customers, showing viewers a variety of Palestinian opinions that don't often get represented in the international news media, while also illustrating the absurdity of the military checkpoints in the West Bank. Surveying Rajai and his passengers' opinions of George W. Bush, suicide bombers, and Israelis, the responses Abu-Assad receives are often sad, profound, and witty. Thankfully, Abu-Assad exploits the Palestinians' famous sense of humor, while at the same time treating serious issues with the attention they deserve.
[Fipresci Prize 2003, Thessaloniki International Film Festival]
George Washington University, Marvin Center Amphitheater (3rd Floor) 800 21st Street NW Washington DC
Council for the National Interest Foundation, Partners for Peace, SUSTAIN, ADC-DC, Palestine Media Watch, and other generous donors, and hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine in George Washington University.