Israel and Palestine, controversial foes, two peoples locked in an inescapable relationship. But can Israel be "the only democracy in the Middle East" when rights for Arabs in Israel and the occupied territories are unequal? The Friends Of Film Year-Round Festival and the Levantine Cultural Center present a one-night only screening of Roadmap to Apartheid, cosponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace-Los Angeles, on Thursday, Feb 7th, 2013 at the LCC at 7:30pm. Admission is $10/$7 members and students with ID.
About the Film
In this multi award-winning documentary, the first-time directors take a detailed look at the apartheid analogy commonly used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Narrated by novelist-poet-activist Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple), Roadmap to Apartheid is as much a historical document of the rise and fall of
apartheid in South Africa, as it is a film about why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today, and why an increasing number of people around the world agree with them.
While not perfect, the apartheid analogy is a useful framework by which to educate people on the complex issues facing Israelis and Palestinians. Our film delves into those issues, comparing the many similar laws and tools used by both Israel and apartheid-era South Africa. The audience will see what life is like for Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and inside Israel while gaining a deeper understanding of the conflict with the help of respected analysts on the subject. Combined with archival material and anecdotes from South Africans, the film forms a complete picture as to why the analogy is being used with increasing frequency and potency.
About the Filmmakers
Ana Nogueira is a journalist and first-time filmmaker. She worked as a producer for the national daily radio and TV news program Democracy Now! in the United States for four years and later as a correspondent for the
show. She is a founding member of the New York City Independent Media Center, its newspaper The Indypendent, and the global Indymedia network which was a pioneer in citizen-produced journalism. Nogueira was born in South Africa and lives in the United States.
Eron Davidson is a long-time media activist and film maker. He has produced several short videos that have helped to galvanize excitement for various community organizing projects in the United States. Davidson was born in Israel, and lives in the United States.
Narration by Alice Walker, novelist, poet and activist. She is best known for her Pulitzer Prize winning book The Color Purple.