Archive for November, 2010

Photo Encounter Pakistan – Saturday December 4th and Sunday 5th – 16 Heneage Street London E1 5LJ

November 29, 2010

Bismillah. From The Samosa.


Please find attached, information on Photo Encounter Pakistan, an exhibition this weekend, which The Samosa is supporting.

Please forward details on to colleagues, that may be interested in attending.

Photo Encounter Pakistan, is an initiative by DawnRelief, aimed at raising funds for Pakistan’s flood affected people. It will feature over 300 photographs by some of Pakistan’s leading photographers including Arif Ali, Umair Ghani, Ayesha Vellani, Tapu Javeri, Pervaiz A. Khan, Arif Mahmood and Mahmood Qureshi, at The RAG factory (, 16 Heneage Street, London, E1 5LJ on Saturday December 4th 2pm – 10 pm and Sunday 5th 10 am – 10 pm.

Best wishes,
Anwar Akhtar

The Samosa was set up by individuals in the UK and Pakistan as an open media platform focusing on relations between East and West, diasporas and all communities, based in Britain but international in spirit. We are interested in content discussing the environment, cultural and development issues, how diaspora communities can influence policy and investment decisions.


Jeremy Hardy versus the Israeli Army

November 9, 2010

Jeremy Hardy versus the Israeli Army

‘Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie’

Christmas is almost upon us and the Holy Town of Bethlehem is anything but still. For almost five years now the Israeli Army has been building an enormous concrete wall around and through the city, carving up neighbourhoods and cutting off local Palestinians from generations-owned land and from food and medical supplies. Leila Sansour has been documenting the expansion of the wall and the impact on Bethlehem’s citizens for her new film The Road to Bethlehem, now in final stages of editing. To highlight the emergency facing Bethlehem’s community this Christmas, Tipping Point Film Fund will be showing Leila’s first feature documentary – also shot in Bethlehem – Jeremy Hardy versus the Israeli Army plus a short preview clip of The Road to Bethlehem.

Jeremy Hardy versus the Israeli Army follows the BBC Radio 4 comedian in 2002 as he travels to Israel and the Occupied Territories to team up with members of the International Solidarity Movement (or ISM), where he engages in non-violent direct action to challenge the occupation. As events take a dangerous turn in Bethlehem – how will he handle it?

London Monday 29 November, 7.30pm

The Lexi Cinema, 194b Chamberlayne Rd, Kensal Rise, London NW10 3JU

Tickets cost £10 but are free to TPFF regular givers and annual donors of more than £60. Each ticket includes a free mince pie and glass of something Christmassy. SPECIAL OFFER – NGO WORKERS CAN PURCHASE 2 TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF 1 -just email from your work email address.

The post-film discussion will ask the question: As we approach Christmas, and the Israeli ‘separation wall’ continues unabated to encircle the town, what future is there for Bethlehem? The panel, chaired by TPFF, will include Maxim Sansour, brother of the director Leila Sansour. Maxim is a character in her new film, The Road to Bethlehem, supported by TPFF and released next year.

Sunday 5 December, 8.15pm

Filmhouse Cinema, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

Tickets cost £6.90 (£5.20 conc) but are free to TPFF regular givers and annual donors of more than £60

Panel includes: Michael Marten (academic and chair of the Scottish Palestinian Forum), Maureen Jack (Vice Chair of the Scottish Palestinian Forum and member of Christian Peacemaker Teams), the Rev Clarence Musgrave who worked in the West Bank for several years, and Deborah Burton, Co-founder of Tipping Point Film Fund.

FBFF events Nov-Dec 2010

November 5, 2010

Dear friend,

This is a reminder of three events taking place during this coming week to which you are most welcome:

Fabric of War Exhibition
Tuesday 5th October to Wednesday 1st December
This is an exhibition of special paper created by 20 Palestinian and Israeli members of the women’s group within the Bereaved Families Forum. They spent two days making paper out of materials connected with the conflict to create artworks while sharing their personal stories of the loss of loved ones. The exhibition can be viewed at the Saison Poetry Library, Level 5 at Royal Festival Hall, Tuesday-Sunday 11am-8pm and also at the library of the Courtauld Institute (Somerset House), Monday-Friday 9.30am-5.30pm. For a special event, see below.

* Thursday 4th November, 8.00pm:
Fabric of War talk at the Saison Poetry Library, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall. Members of the Forum, Seham Abu Awwad who participated in the project, as well as Robi Damelin and Ali Abu Awwad who are in London to receive the Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award at the House of Lord, will talk about the art project and the work and vision of reconciliation of the Bereaved Families Forum.
Admission is free, but prior booking is essential (with a small booking fee). To book go to:

* Saturday 6th November, lunchtime:
New LondonSynagogue, 33 Abbey Road, London NW8 0AT.
Everyone is welcome to both the service (commencing at 9.15am) and lunch (probably around 12.45pm). Robi and Ali will be speaking after the service (around 12.00pm) and will have a Q&A session during lunch (all times approximate). Cost of lunch £20 per head. Prior booking essential through New London Synagogue office 020 7328 1026. If you wish, at time of booking the lunch, you may make an extra donation to FBFF for which we would be most grateful.

* Saturday 6th November, 6.30-10.00 pm:
at MCEC – Palmers Green Mosque, Muslim Community and Education Centre, 30 Oakthorpe Road, Palmers Green, London N13 5JL.

People of all faiths are warmly welcome to ‘Israel/Palestine, what we need to hear’ – an evening with Ali Abu Awwad and Robi Damelin from the Bereaved Families Forum. The film Encounter Point(see the trailer) will be screened at 6.45 sharp so please arrive on time, followed by Q&A and refreshment. Ladies, please dress modestly and have a small headscarf handy if you would like to have a tour around the mosque.

More on this week’s events: We hope to see many of you in these events,

Shalom – Salaam