‘Encounter Point’ on Abbott screen

Jan 18, 2013
Ali Abu Awwad is a Palestinian activist for peace through nonviolence.

Belfast — “Encounter Point” addresses one of the most difficult problems being faced currently in the Middle East — the conflict between Israel and Palestinian Territories. The 2006 documentary will be shown Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. The screening is sponsored by the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast and the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County.

“Encounter Point” is an award-winning film depicting different families that have been affected by the violence between Israelis and Palestinians. The families were followed for 16 months by the film crew. Among those interviewed were an Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, an Israeli mother who was mourning the loss of her dead son and a wounded Palestinian mourning the loss of his dead brother. As part of a movement to push Palestine and Israel into a consensus that would bring nonviolence and peace to the region, those interviewed all risked their lives and their public standing to further an end to the conflict.

The filmmakers, who are both Palestinian and Israeli, summarize the film as a true story about everyday leaders who refuse to sit back as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalates. Original music from Palestinian and Israeli composers is featured in the movie.

Admission to the evening is free, although donations will be gladly accepted. A discussion about the film and the current Middle East situation will follow. For more information, call 338-4920.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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