1913: Seeds of Conflict -- Israel-Palestine Film Series

1762 Beacon St, Brookline

Movie Poster PBSThe Mideast Working Group and the Adult Education Committee invite you to attend a screening of 1913: Seeds of Conflict at the BWC building at 7 PM on Wednesday, October 7. This is the first in a five-film series designed to broaden an understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict for people just starting to learn about the issue as well as for seasoned activists.

1913: Seeds of Conflict offers fascinating insights into the dramatic events in Palestine that set the stage for the coming century of unrest. It offers perspectives from a wide range of Arab, Israeli, and American scholars and includes information untouched by historians until Turkey opened its Ottoman archives in 1989. The film aired on public television stations across the country in July but "oddly," was shown only in the wee hours of the morning by New York and Miami PBS affiliates.

Watch the trailer here.

Following the 60-minute film, Producer and Director (and Brookline resident) Ben Loeterman will moderate a discussion and answer questions.

The film features many authorities, including Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Dockser Marcus who was the Wall Street Journal's Jerusalem correspondent from 1991 to 1998 and author of Jerusalem 1913: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, upon which the film was based.

Boston-based and Brookline resident Ben Loeterman is an award-winning writer, director and producer of current affairs and historical documentaries, often with an emphasis on social justice. Since 1982, his work has appeared on PBS flagship current affairs series FRONTLINE and the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. His independent film The People v. Leo Frank was broadcast nationally on PBS and received extraordinary reviews from the New York TimesLos Angeles Times, and Washington Post. Ben has won national Emmy awards for outstanding achievement in directing and investigative journalism, the Amnesty International’s Media Spotlight Award, and two duPont-Columbia Awards.

The Mideast Working Group also encourages all BWC members to attend one of two presentations by Palestinian rights activist Bassem Tamimi on October 6 at 12:30 PM at Tufts University (Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Hall) and at 7 PM at Jamaica Plain's First Baptist Church (633 Centre Street).

Please mark your calendar for the second film in our series: October 28 at 7 PM, Elia Suleiman's The Time that Remains. The film portrays the daily life of Palestinians—once the majority—who chose (and were permitted) to remain in the country as an "Israeli-Arab" minority.

If people would like to provide feedback on the series, offer suggestions for future films, or simply would appreciate an email reminder about these screenings, please email Steve Low.



Presented by the Middle East Working Group and Adult Education Committee, the series seeks to broaden an understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict for people just starting to learn about the issue as well as for seasoned activists.  We will have an opportunity to learn and question together through moderated discussion after each film.

$5 donation requested, free refreshments provided.

Film Schedule (all descriptions from IMDb):
October 7

1913: Seeds of Conflict (Ben Loeterman, USA, 2015, 60 min.) View trailer

Most observers consider the Balfour Declaration and Mandate period of the 1920s as the origin of today’s Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Breaking new ground, 1913: Seeds of Conflict explores the divergent social forces growing in Palestine before World War I, when Arabs and Jews co-existed in harmony as Ottomans, each yearning for a land to call their own.

October 28         

The Time That Remains (Elia Suleiman, UK/Italy/Belgium/France, Palestine, 2009, 109 min.) View trailer.

In four episodes, Suleiman recounts family stories inspired by his father Fuad's private diaries from when he was a resistance fighter in 1948, his mother’s letters to family members forced to leave the country during that period, and personal memories. The film portray the daily life of Palestinians—once the majority—who chose (and were permitted) to remain in the country as an "Israeli-Arab" minority.

November 18

On the Side of the Road (Lia Tarachansky, Palestine/Israel, 2013, 82 min.) View trailer.

The film focuses on Israeli collective denial of the events of 1948 that led to the country's Independence and the Palestinian refugee problem. It follows war veterans Tikva Honig-Parnass and Amnon Noiman as they tackle their denial of their actions in the war. The film also tells the story of the director, Lia Tarachansky, an Israeli who grew up in a settlement in the West Bank but as an adult began to realize the problems of the Israeli Occupation for the Palestinians. The film was shot over the course of five years and premiered at the First International Independent Film Festival in Tel Aviv.

December 16

The Other Son (Lorraine Lévy, France, 2012, 105 min.) View trailer

This is the story of two families separated by a wall of war, different in everything, life, religion, beliefs, but are close to one another more than they can ever imagine. The Jewish family discover that their son (Joseph) has a blood group type different from his parents, so his father (Alon) can think of only two explanations: either his wife (Orith) has cheated on him, or the boy is not their son. Meanwhile a family doctor made a research and found that in that year when Orith had delivered her baby 18 years ago a raid hit that hospital, and in the panic of trying to escape and save the infants, the babies were switched by mistake. The problem is that the other baby lives on the other side of the wall, a Muslim from a Palestine family. The film tells the story of how these two families deal with this news, and how from being enemies they need to become a family.

January 20

The Law in These Parts (Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, Palestine/Israel, 2011, 100 min.) View trailer

The film chronicles Israel's 43-year military legal system in the Occupied Palestinian Territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The story unfolds through interviews with the architects of this legal system juxtaposed with historical footage showing the enactment of these laws upon the Palestinian population.

Snow days are January 13 and January 27.