Thursday 22nd January, 7.30pm
Presented by Art of Resistance Collective, Regional Cultural Centre & Wildcard Distribution.
APPLES OF THE GOLAN tells the epic story of Majdal Shams, one of five remaining Arab villages in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Before the occupation there were 136 such villages, which have now mostly been destroyed. Cut off from their homeland since the events of the Six Day War, the villagers fight to maintain their national identity amid political uncertainty, border disputes and the Syrian Civil War. They are all connected to, and owe their existence to, the apples which grow all around the village. In many ways, as their resistance to occupation is generally peaceful, the apples are their bombs.
Irish film-makers Keith Walsh and Jill Beardsworth spent five years among the people of the village and have woven together, from the interlocking lives of the apple growers, rappers, salsa dancers, holy men, traitors, and freedom fighters that make up this unique community, a film that is a complex portrait of a place, a people, and the apple trees that root them to land. APPLES OF THE GOLAN covers the four year period up until the Syrian conflict begins to turn into civil war, as the effects are being felt in the Golan Heights. It is a portrait of a village’s survival but also documents the beginning of its journey into the unknown.
Followed by Talk and Q&A by Apples of Golan directors.
This screening will be preceded by a welcome and introduction to the new Donegal based ‘Art of Resistance Collective’.
Art of Resistance Collective
We, as a multidisiplinary group of artists, have formed this group to focus our collective energies on cultivating awareness and promoting discussion about the abuses of human rights. We particularly wish to highlight the plight of the Palestinian people.
We aim to use the power of collective, peaceful, creative resistance to break down barriers to communication and promote empathy, tolerance and freedom of expression.
Art has the ability to touch society profoundly and invoke positive change. To this end, we will offer like minded artists a platform through organising film showings, exhibitions, concerts , theatre and dance performances, readings and workshops to stimulate discussion and foster understanding, peace and tolerance.
Through cultural exchanges we aim to learn more about the artistic practices of Palestinians. We will celebrate their talent, their commitment, their passion- widening our own horizons and celebrating their invaluable contribution to humanity.