Thursday, January 10, 2008

Lebanon: July War and Beyond

Photographs, Video and Discussion
a benefit for independent media projects in Lebanon

Friday, January 18
Station 40
3030b 16th St (@Mission)

During the summer of 2006, from July 12 to August 14, Israel dropped hundreds of thousands of bombs and sent in ground troops into southern Lebanon using Hezbollah's capture of 2 Israeli soldiers as a pretext. The Israeli bombardment killed 1200 people and destroyed 145,000 homes, whole towns and neighborhoods and left a landscape littered with unexploded cluster bombs in its wake. These cluster bombs (1.2 million dropped total) continue to claim lives with 32 killed and 200 injured since the official ceasefire. Israel's military defeat expanded the scope of Hezbollah's political power bringing Lebanon to a delicate situation today, with a power struggle marked by assassination bombings, strikes and encampments.

Please join us for an evening of documentation and analysis of the events in Lebanon and contribute to supporting independent media projects in the country.

This Pain Has No Ceasefire
A collection of black and white photographs shot during and directly after the July '06 war. Images by Ali Tonak and words by Barucha Calamity Peller. Prints (20x20 inches) will be sold during the event ($50-$100).

July War
A 20 minute excerpt from forthcoming documentary, an in-depth look at the 2006 Lebanon War, known in Lebanon as the July War. It examines the effects on Lebanon’s people, economy, and environment. Rare footage of the war shows the magnitude of destruction and loss of human life. The film includes exclusive interviews with key figures involved in the conflict.

We will be joined by filmmaker Brandon Jourdan and Rayan El-Amine. Rayan El-Amine is a native of Lebanon and editor of Left Turn magazine. He will give some context to the war and an update of what has been happening in Lebanon since the war followed by a discussion.