Presentation & Film Screening:
In 2007, the Israeli NGO B'Tselem (The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories) launched its camera project, distributing video cameras and providing camera training to Palestinians living in areas of the West Bank, where tensions run high and clashes are commonplace. Israeli filmmaker Helen Yanovosky, a core member of the B'Tselem video project, will discuss the history of the project and the importance of cameras and filmmaking to Palestinians living under occupation, and screen the 2017 short film, The Boy from H2.
A light lunch will be served.
The Boy From H2
(Helen Yanovsky, 2017, 20 minutes, Israel/Palestine, in Arabic with English subtitles, Color, Digital)
This documentary follows 12-year-old Muhammad Burqan, who lives in Area H2 of Hebron, a section of the city under full Israeli control. Israel imposes severe restrictions on the movement – by pedestrians and by car – of some 43,000 Palestinians living there. In Area H2, soldiers routinely detain children on suspicion of stone-throwing. Muhammad, who has nine siblings, is one of those children. His life revolves around his crowded home and the street, where he must deal with the constant presence of Israeli security forces and settlers.
This Event is Free and Open to the Public.
Sponsors: The Duke Human Rights Center @FHI, the Center for Jewish Studies, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, the Humanities Futures Initiative, the Human Rights Archive, the Trent Foundation, AMES Presents, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI). The Rights! Camera! Action! series is coordinated with See/Think/Act, which examines how visual culture interacts with human rights.