Film Screening and discussion
Doors will be open at 6 pm and the screening starts at 6:30 pm
VIVO Media Arts Centre is hosting from the river to the sea, a global collective initiative established by a group of displaced media artists and activists all in solidarity with Palestine. from the river to the sea is supporting oppressed narratives, initiating dialogues, nurturing systems of care, and drawing upon our audiences to be proactive in their support while thinking about how we organize towards our collective liberation, from Turtle Island to Palestine.
Their third screening is a short film screening where they bring four short films, directed by Rehab Nazzal, Rana Nazzal, Mohammad Harb and Razan AlSalah to you. Join us for this event taking place on December 2nd, in support and solidarity with Palestinians. Followed by a conversation with artist and filmmaker Razan AlSalah.
We are coming together in the urgency of this moment - a moment 76 years in the making - to think about Palestine. To think about indigeneity, settler colonialism, apartheid, environmental justice, sovereignty and self-determination. The Palestinian cause is inseparable from its history of occupation, oppression and resistance. It calls upon us to reflect upon our own positionalities in relationship to their continuous struggle and that of Indigenous people across the world.
The films are subtitled. For more information contact email@example.com.
Razan AlSalah: Canada Park (2020), 8:00
Mohammed Harb: Gaza Death Tunnel (2012-2013), 28:00
Rana Nazzal: Something from There (2020), 6:49
Rehab Nazzal: Vibrations from Gaza (2023), 16:0
VIVO is located in the homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples in a warehouse space at 2625 Kaslo Street south of East Broadway at the end of E 10th. Transit line 9 stops at Kaslo Street on Broadway. From the bus stop, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight decline. The closest skytrain station is Renfrew Station, which is three blocks south-east of VIVO and has an elevator. From there, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight incline. There is parking available at VIVO, including wheelchair access parking. There is a bike rack at the entrance. The front entrance leads indoors to a set of 7 stairs to the lobby.
A wheelchair ramp is located at the west side of the main entrance. The ramp has two runs: the first run is 20 feet long, and the second run is 26 feet. The ramp is 60 inches wide. The slope is 1:12. The ramp itself is concrete and has handrails on both sides. There is an outward swinging door (34 inch width) at the top of the ramp leading to a vestibule. A second outward swinging door (33 inch width) opens into the exhibition space. Buzzers and intercoms are located at both doors to notify staff during regular office hours or events to unlock the doors. Once unlocked, visitors can use automatic operators to open the doors.
There are two all-gender washrooms. One has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The other is a single room with a urinal and is wheelchair accessible: the door is 33 inches wide and inward swinging, without automation. The toilet has 11 inch clearance on the left side and a handrail.
To reach the bathrooms from the studio, exit through the double doors and proceed straight through the lobby and down the hall . Turn left, and the two bathrooms will be on your right side. The closest one has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The far bathroom is accessible.
Based in Tio'tia:ke/Montreal, Razan AlSalah is a Palestinian artist and teacher investigating the material aesthetics of dis/appearance of places and people in the context of colonial image worlds. Her work has shown at community-based and international film festivals & galleries including Art of the Real, Prismatic Ground, RIDM, HotDocs, Yebisu, Melbourne, Glasgow and Beirut International, Sharjah Film Forum and Sursock Museum. AlSalah currently teaches Intermedia and Moving Images at Concordia University in Tio'tia:ke/Montreal.
Rana Nazzal Hamadeh is a Palestinian-Canadian artist. Her photography film, and installation works look at issues related to time, space, memory, and movement, offering interventions rooted in a decolonial framework. Rana holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Toronto Metropolitan University and is based between Ramallah and Tkaronto.
Born in Gaza, Mohamed Harb holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from An-Najah University in Nablus (Palestine). Since 1995, Harb has been working in a variety of media including photography, video, and documentary film. He has been working as a director at the Palestinian Space Channel in Gaza since 2003. Harb has received local and international awards for his innovation particularly his use of IT and video techniques. Over the last ten years Harb has participated in many local, regional and international exhibitions including the solo exhibitions Reflection in Gaza and Cairo between 2009 and 2010, and Ebal at Qattan Foundation in Ramallah (Palestine) in 2005. His short films Colors in the Ashes (2008) and The Darkness of Light (2008) have also been shown internationally to critical acclaim.
Rehab Nazzal is a Palestinian-born multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. Her work deals with the effects of settler-colonial violence on the bodies and minds of colonized peoples, on the land and on other non-human life. Nazzal’s video, photography and sound works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada and internationally. Dr. Nazzal was an assistant professor at Dar Al-Kalima University in Bethlehem and has taught at Simon Fraser University, Western University and Ottawa School of Art. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Social Justice Award from Toronto Metropolitan University and the Edmund and Isobel Ryan Visual Arts Award in Photography from the University of Ottawa.