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Film series focuses on Israel/Palestine

Over the many years since the 1967 war in the Middle East, the American mainstream media has told us very little about the day to day realities of life in Israel and the occupied territories of Palestine. Now some information-minded citizens of Seattle have put together a film series to help fill in the gaps in our knowledge. In February and March, 6 films will be shown in Skinner Hall at Saint Mark's Cathedral in Seattle's Capital Hill neighborhood, each introduced by people intimately connected with events in those two countries.

February 5: Life in Occupied Palestine, by Jewish-American director Anna Baltzer, introduced by Cindy Corrie, the mother of Rachel Corrie who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer driver while defending a Palestinian home from demolition.

February 12: The Iron Wall, depicting the effects of the "separation" wall with commentary by peace activists from diverse faiths.

February 19: Little Town of Bethlehem, in which three men of different faiths struggle to promote equality and peace.

February 26: Where Should the Birds Fly, title taken from a line by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, looking at life in present day Gaza.

March 12: The Gatekeepers, earlier nominated for best documentary at the Academy Awards, this tells the story of the Israeli security service with interviews of its former directors.

March 19: Two-Sided Story, in which Israelis and Palestinians who have lost children due to the conflict come together to try to deal with their loss.

All screenings begin at 7 pm and are free, though donations are welcome. For more information contact Ruth.McCree@gmail.com. Saint Mark's Cathedral is located at 1245 Tenth Avenue East in Seattle.