This Week on TV: From the Boston Palestine Film Festival, The Occupation of the American Mind

This Week on TV: From the Boston Palestine Film Festival, The Occupation of the American Mind

Films from the Boston Palestine Film Festival this week on Channels 8 & 9

  • Posted on: 2 January 2017
  • By: lily

A new film, presented by the 2016 Boston Palestine Film Festival and the Media Education Foundation:

The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War In the United States - Produced by the Media Education Foundation and featured as a part of the 2016 Boston Palestine Film Festival, this film unpacks Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and its repeated invasions of the Gaza strip, which have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United States. It explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel's favor. On Channel 8 this week: Tues. Jan 3 at 10:50am, Weds. Jan 4 at 1pm, Thu. Jan 5 at 2pm, Fri. Jan 6 at 12am, and Sat. Jan 7 at 10pm. And on Channel 9 over the weekend: Fri. Jan 6 at 6pm, Saturday Jan. 7 at 12pm, and Sunday Jan 8 at 10am.

Over the weekend on Channel 9, films from prior years of the Boston Palestine Film Festival, including:


Letters from Al Yarmouk - Rashid Mashawari spent eight months (2014) Skyping Palestinians trapped in al-Yarmouk, the besieged Paletinian refugee camp outside Damascus, Syria. This moving film tells a story that sides with life in the face of death, through a collection of intertwining images, voices, and scenes, painted with hope for a better life. Sat. Jan. 7 at 1:30pm and Sun. Jan. 8 at 10pm.

Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!- Local queer Palestine solidarity activists successfully lobby the City of Seattle's LGBT Commission to drop an Israeli-government-sponsored tour featuring gay and lesbian activists that was slated to visit the area. The documentary by Dean Spade sheds light on what pinkwashing is and how activists are fighting back. Sat. Jan. 7 at 2:30pm and Sun. Jan. 8 at 9pm.

Route 181 - Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel - In the summer of 2002, the Palestinian filmmaker Michel Khleifi and the Israeli filmmaker Eyal Sivan set off on a cinematographic journey in their country, Palestine-Israel. All those who cross their path are given a voice, men and women, Israelis and Palestinians, young or old, civilians or soldiers, captured in the ordinariness of their daily lives. Sun. Jan. 8 at 11:30am-3pm.

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