Film Screening and discussion
Stitching Palestine 2017 ‘خيوط السرد’ Directed by Carol Mansour
Doors will be open at 7 pm and the screening starts at 8 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 inaugural screening is in collaboration with Film Lab Palestine, MENA Film Festival and Suimanga Films where they bring Palestine Cinema Days from Ramallah to Turtle Island after the festival’s cancellation this year. Join us for this global event taking place on November 2nd, the day of the Declaration of Balfour by the British government that stated the establishment of the state of Israel in Palestine.
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.
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Stitching Palestine Synopsis
Twelve Palestinian women sit before us and talk of their life before the Diaspora, of their memories, of their lives and of their identity. Their narratives are connected by the enduring thread of the ancient art of embroidery. Twelve resilient, determined and articulate women from disparate walks of life: lawyers, artists, housewives, activists, architects, and politicians stitch together the story of their homeland, of their dispossession, and of their unwavering determination that justice will prevail. Through their stories, the individual weaves into the collective, yet remaining distinctly personal. Twelve women, twelve life-spans, and stories from Palestine; a land whose position was fixed on the map of the world, but is now embroidered on its face.
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.