Unless otherwise noted, the lectures are 
on Sundays, September through May 
3-5 pm
at Augustana Lutheran Church
5000 E Alameda at Fairfax, Denver
 
All lectures are free and Open to the Public—Light Refreshments served

Lecture Series

Iyad Burnat

7-9 pm
at Augustana Lutheran Church
5000 E Alameda at Fairfax, Denver
Please use the Fairfax Street entrance
***Please note the DAY & TIME - MONDAY, 7 PM***

Iyad Burnat is a leader of the non-violent resistance against Israel's wall being built on his village's land in Bil'in in the Palestinian West Bank. He leads the Bil'in Popular Committee Against the Annexation Wall and Settlements - to protest Israel's theft of their lands for Israel's settlements and wall. Every Friday in the village, after Friday prayers, people march out to protest this theft of land - local villagers, joined by others from nearby villages as well as Israeli and international visitors supporting their struggle.

Bil'in is known for its creative non-violent demonstrations which were the subject of a film, Five Broken Cameras, made by Iyad's brother Imad.

Iyad will be touring the US to introduce his new book, Bil'in and the Nonviolent Resistance. He is winner of the 2015 James Lawson Award for Excellence in the Practice of Nonviolence, presented by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC).

Come hear Iyad speak about Bil'in's decades-long struggle for justice and freedom through his first-hand experience.

Open Bethlehem, with filmmaker Leila Sansour

3-5 pm
at Augustana Lutheran Church
5000 E Alameda at Fairfax, Denver
Please use the Fairfax Street entrance

A Big Film about a Small Town

Filmmaker Leila Sansour will be with us to present her new film, Open Bethlehem.

“… a fierce and poignant plea against the incarceration of a city” – Film of the Week, The Guardian

Open Bethlehem is a story of a homecoming to the world’s most famous little town. The film spans five momentous years in the life of Bethlehem, revealing a city of astonishing beauty and political strife under occupation. The film draws from 700 hours of original footage and some rare archive material.

Meet the filmmaker, Leila Sansour—hear her speak about her return to her hometown as it is becoming encircledby Israel’s wall. Open Bethlehem is a film, but it is also a movement—to save her city. The face of Bethlehem is changing rapidly with potentially detrimental consequences. Reports predict that if trends continue the Christian community of Bethlehem, a city that provides a model for a multi faith Middle East, may be unsustainable within one generation. Leila’s plan to stay a year stretches to five, and is only resolved when she realizes that, sometimes, the biggest dreams take flight from the smallest places.

Other Colorado events with Leila:

  • Thursday, April 6, Film screening and discussion, 6:30 p.m. DU Lindsey Auditorium, Rm. 281, Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave. Sponsored by the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies, Middle East Study Group, DU Conflict Resolution Institute, and DU Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence, Religious and Spiritual Life.
  • Sunday April, 9, Dinner and reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Phoenician Kabob Restaurant, 5709 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. Donations for Open Bethlehem project welcome. Copies of film available for purchase. RSVP by April 7 to: Mary Ellen Garrett, 303-321-0765

Jews Step Forward - a new film

at Augustana Lutheran Church
5000 E Alameda at Fairfax, Denver
Please use the Fairfax Street entrance

"Jews Step Forward traces a path grounded in the core ideals of Jewish identity, which ultimately must separate personal morality and conscience from socialized loyalty to Israel. It is a multi voice account by American Jews across the U.S., saying “no longer in my name”. Having moved beyond self censorship in the face of institutional power and social censure, they know that without help, Israel cannot rescue itself from its tragic devolution. Just as the American Jewish community historically was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement, so must it speak the unvarnished truth about Israel today." - AWARENESS FILM FEST 2016

“Open ended policies of torture, imprisonment, and murder of indigenous Palestinians including children, contempt for international norms, and the rise of laws mirroring fascism, all poison any idea of national permanence for Israel based upon peace and regional integration.

The subjects of this film speak with the same Jewish voice, which historically led the struggle for justice around the world, cutting through visceral defenses to demand an awakening and a Judaism liberated from Zionism.” - Jewsstepforward.com

Rich Forer participated in the making of the film and will lead a discussion following the film.

Watch the trailer