Monday, August 21, 2006

Toronto: Public forum on Palestine/Lebanon, August 25th

Public forum and film screening ~~~
Friday - August 25, 2006 @ 7pm (FREE!!!!)
100 St. George Street (Sidney Smith Hall)
Room 2135
University of Toronto

Report backs from Palestine and Lebanon by:

* Sawsan Kalache (Tadamon, Montreal)
* Stefan Christoff (Electronic Intifada, Montreal)
* Ahmad Shokr (Arab Students' Collective)


Featuring a special screening of Randa Chahal Sabbag's critically acclaimed


* Sawsan Kalache is a member of Tadamon! Montreal based collective working to build solidarity with movements for social and economic justice in Lebanon. Sawsan is from Lebanon and witnessed the first weeks of the Israeli military assault on the country.

* Stefan Christoff is a social activist from Montreal who is also a member of Tadamon! Montreal. Stefan recently returned from Lebanon where he witnessed and reported on the Israeli military attack on Lebanon while reporting for the Daily Star the Middle East's largest English daily and the Electronic Intifada.

* Ahmad Shokr is an organizer with the ASC in Toronto. Ahmad recently returned from Palestine where he worked with the Yafa Cultural Center in the Balata refugee-camp and the Ramallah-based Addameer - Prisoners' Rights Support Group.


ABOUT 'Souha Surviving Hell' :

The subject of Chahal Sabbag's latest film is the charismatic Souha Beshara, whom many call the "fianceìe du Liban." In 1989 at the age of twenty-one, Souha - a devoted communist - agreed to attempt the assassination of Lebanese General Antoine Lahad, who was collaborating with the Israeli Army in the South of Lebanon. Lahad survived, but Souha was quickly arrested and thrown in the Khiam prison where she spent ten years for the attempt on Lahad's life. Conditions in Khiam were horrific, and Souha endured six of those years in solitary confinement.

Chahal Sabbag follows Souha in the months following her release, as she tirelessly travels Lebanon - speaking about her experiences at Khiam and searching out others who were imprisoned there. And despite all she suffered in Khiam, Souha is a survivor who shares her story with a sense of hope for the future-both her own and that of Lebanon.


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