Dinner with Dr Mona El Farra (Vice President of the Red Crescent in the Gaza Strip)

Saturday, 10 October 2015 from 18:00 to 23:00 (BST)

Cafe Z Bar
58 Stoke Newington High Street
N16 7PB London




Come and hear Dr Mona El-Farra speak at The Big Ride re-union dinner. A physician by training and one of Palestine’s greatest human rights and women’s rights activist in the occupied Gaza Strip, where she lives. Dr Mona is also the Vice President of the Red Crescent Society in the Gaza Strip.

Dr. Mona is known in Gaza as “the mother of the poor children” for her tireless work for the Red Crescent and the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA). She will share with us the painful stories of ongoing collective punishment by the Israeli military upon the civilian population, introduce us to her work in children’s psychological support programmes, in the aftermath of the latest Israeli aggression, and talk about her contribution to establishing a number of health and cultural centres, the most prominent of which is the al-Aouda Hospital.

As well as Dr Mona’s talk, your ticket also includes dinner and the opportunity to meet some of the cyclists who took part in the ride and hear first-hand their experiences along the route.

We look forward to seeing you!


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‘Waltz with Bashir’

Tuesday 30th June

All welcome! Doors open 7pm,  start: 7.30pm.

Free entry

Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, Dalston E8 4AA

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Tuesday 26th MAY

All welcome! Doors open 7pm,  start: 7.30pm.

Free entry

Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, Dalston E8 4AA

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‘Open Bethlehem’ + Q&A

Tuesday 28th April

+ Q&A with the Director Leila Sansour

All welcome! Doors open 7pm,  start: 7.30pm.

Free entry

Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, Dalston E8 4AA


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‘The Law in These Parts’ + Q&A

Tuesday 24th June

+ guest speaker Elian Weizman


Can a democracy impose an indefinite military occupation on another people while retaining democratic values?

Since Israel occupied the territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967, the military has imposed thousands of orders and laws, established military courts, sentenced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, enabled half a million Israeli “settlers” to move to the Occupied Territories and developed a system of long-term jurisdiction by an occupying army that is unique in the entire world. The Law In These Parts explores this Apartheid legal system through testimonies of the military legal professionals who were its architects. The film invites the viewer to ‘judge’ the testimony of these military judges, yet never lets the viewer forget the place of Palestinian experience at the centre of this brutal system.    Directed by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz.

See the film trailer.

Followed by a discussion with Elian Weizman on law and resistance to Zionism within Israel, and on the interrelationship of law, hegemony and resistance.  

Dr Elian Weizman is a Teaching Fellow in Government and Politics of the Middle East and Israeli Politics at SOAS, and teaches Politics & History at Brunel University.

All welcome! Doors open 7pm,  start: 7.30pm.

Delicious Middle-Eastern food £4.00 per plate

Free entry / suggested donation £3

Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, Dalston E8 4AA

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‘The Shebabs of Yarmouk’

Tuesday 27th May  

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A film by Axel Salvatori-Sinz, followed by a discussion.

In Yarmouk (Syria), the Shebabs, a small group of boys & girls, have been friends for years. Now as young adults, they have a genuine thirst for life, while being each faced with a conflicted situation. Between the need for freedom and sticking to the group, between longing for revolt and the prospect of a well-ordered life, choices are hard to make – all the more so when you’re a Palestinian refugee in the camp of Yarmouk, in Syria.

Director Salvatori-Sinz invites us to observe his subjects’ intimate banter, and from this material he constructs a striking and subtly poetic portrait of the camp’s young people, in the period just before Yarmouk was subjected to today’s desperate state of siege.

See the trailer here.

PLUS: After the screening, Emily Churchill Zaraa, a former resident of Yarmouk, will discuss  the impact of the uprisings and the current siege on Palestinians in Syria including those who participated in this film.

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‘Roadmap to Apartheid’ (2012) + discussion with Sarah Colborne, director of PSC

Tuesday 29th April

An exploration of the analogy of Apartheid in Israel/Palestine


Directed by South African-born Ana Nogueira and Israeli-born Eron Davidson.

This film is both an astute work of political analysis and a gripping historical account of the human cost of regimes of ethnic separation. In ‘Roadmap to Apartheid‘ striking parallels emerge in accounts of  the rise and implementation of the Apartheid system in South Africa and the systematic segregation and oppression of Palestinians in Israel.   Narrated by Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple), the film interweaves archive footage from  South Africa and Israel/Palestine, with interviewees from both countries considering why the Apartheid analogy is so important for understanding the Israeli context. While the film presents a stark picture of the present within Israel and the territories it controls, it also offers hope by looking to the peace that South Africa eventually found.  Timely and powerful.

Followed by a discussion with PSC director, Sarah Colborne.

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