Ithaca’s Olive Branch Film Series is once again programming select screenings at Cinemapolis. The group brings cinema by, from, and about Palestine to the Ithaca community to promote exploration and discussion of the complexities of Palestinian life, at home and in exile. Both narrative films and documentaries are shown.
The Spring 2019 series will feature two screenings, both FREE and open to the public:
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7PM
“The Lobby USA – Abridged”
Duration: 1hr 7min
Watch the shockingly revealing film the Israel Lobby did not want the world to see!
To get unprecedented access to the Israel lobby’s inner workings, undercover reporter “Tony” posed as a pro-Israel volunteer in Washington.
The resulting film exposes the efforts of Israel and its U.S. lobbyists to spy on, smear and intimidate US citizens who support Palestinian human rights, especially BDS – the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.
It shows that Israel’s semi-covert black-ops government agency, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, is operating this effort in collusion with an extensive network of US-based pro-Israel organizations, targeting Americans on American soil. These include the Israel on Campus Coalition, The Israel Project, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and other collaborating groups.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7PM
Duration: 1hr 43min
Directed by: Mai Masri
Synopsis: Based on a true story, the drama brings to the forefront the suffering of Palestinian women especially those incarcerated in Israeli prisons.
The main character, Layla, a young newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher is arrested after being falsely accused and sentenced to 8 years of prison. She is transferred to a high security Israeli women’s prison where she encounters a terrifying world in which Palestinian political prisoners are incarcerated with Israeli criminal inmates.
Resilient and still in chains, she gives birth to a baby boy. Through her struggle to raise her son behind bars, and her relationship with the other prisoners, she manages to find a sense of hope and a meaning to her life. However, she is also forced to make choices no mother would wish to face.