Documentary Screening: Refusing To Be Enemies
Nebraska Wesleyan will host a screening of the documentary "Refusing To Be Enemies."
This 58-minute documentary profiles without Hollywood patina a self-formed group of 12 ordinary women who call themselves "Zeitouna," the Arab word for olive tree. These six Arabs and six Jews weave an unusual and intimate tapestry of sisterhood. Some of the women are American-born, others are immigrants, one is a Holocaust survivor, another is a survivor of the Nakbah's terror; their ages span 40 years. Filmmaker Laurie White is a founding member of Zeitouna. Her camera became an invisible member of this sisterhood, capturing the interior of this sacred space without ever upsetting and altering the fragile process of the group's awakening. The film does not attempt to answer questions of right or wrong, or how to break the deadlock of the Middle East conflict. Instead it offers living proof of how the journey of personal transformation may pave the way to socio-political transformation and peace.
The film will be shown in Olin B Lecture Hall at 7 p.m. Filmmaker Laurie White — who also co-produced the film "Roger and Me" with Michael Moore — will hold a question and answer session following the film. She will be joined by fellow Zeitouna member Dr. Manya Arond-Thomas.
The screening is free and open to the public.