Palestinian Films at Cinémathèque québécoise

26 11 2014

Many excellent films, try to see if you can check them out–some with English subtitles!
Please see the link below for the movies and documentaries scheduled this weekend as part of the 8th edition of Regards Palestinians. The shows are in Arabic with subtitles in either French or English.

Regards Palestiniens, 8e édition
Pour sa huitième édition, l’événement Regards palestiniens revient à la Cinémathèque. En trois séances, nous pourrons voir des documentaires qui nous illustrent le quotidien vécu dans la bande de Gaza, en Cisjordanie et en Israël même.
Plusieurs de ces documents sont inédits.
Chaque soir seront présents cinéastes et intervenants.
Ce programme de films rassemble des documentaires, une fiction et une œuvre hybride. Des regards sur la destruction de Gaza par l’armée israélienne lors de l’Opération Plomb durci (reprise par l’Opération Bordure protectrice, l’été dernier); le cloisonnement des Palestiniens en Cisjordanie et leur passage vers Israël malgré le mur et les contrôles; l’existence kafkaïenne des Palestiniens vivant en Israël; l’oppression des pêcheurs et des fermiers de Gaza; et les vies hantées par les regrets des exilés. Des conditions de vie distinctes, mais l’unité dans la résistance : « Nous ne partirons pas, nous disent-ils, et ceux qui ont été chassés reviendront. » Ces films partagent une vision, celle de vivre et survivre dans les décombres, derrière les murs, entre les checkpoints, sans jamais céder.
The Cinémathèque is in the heart of the Quartier latin, just around the corner from l’Université du Québec à Montréal and la Grande Bibliothèque.

Cinémathèque québécoise
335, De Maisonneuve Blvd East
Montréal, Québec, H2X 1K1
Berri-UQAM Metro (De Maisonneuve exit)
T. 514-842-9763
F. 514-842-1816

announcement from Jad

19 11 2014

Everyone is welcome to hear him come sing a capella

Class Presentations

19 11 2014

Hello, This is just to remind everyone that our last official class will be held on Wednesday, November 26 at the usual time in room 017 Morrice Hall, it is the Theatre (TNC) on the ground floor, turn left immediately as you go through the main entrance.

Please do come a minute early, especially if you are in the group the goes first and needs to set up, or the group that uses the computer so we can deal with that all ahead of time. I would imagine a good 10-15 minutes before or more the room is empty.

Reshma is dealing with the computers for anyone who changes their mind about computer presentations.

Any other questions, be in touch ASAP!

Stay warm,


Suheir Hammad, The Gaza Suite

12 11 2014



This is Suheir Hammad performing her 5 poem series, The Gaza Suite. You will find these poems (among other places) at the end of her poetry collection Born Palestinian, Born Black.

I would like you both to read the poems in their original English and also watch the videos of  Hammad reading/performing them in Palestine at the PalFest celebration of literature.

I would like you to think back to our first unit on poetry and Hammad’s recent (2014) poems on Gaza, Nathalie Handal’s poems (as well as others we have discussed over the semester) and think about some questions.

*what is the same/different about the poems on the page and the poems as performance?

*can/should poetry be appreciated more one way or the other?

*what is similar or different about this series of poems about Gaza and the others we read by Hammad that were composed later?

*how do these poems narrate a place/ a geography/ a people/a struggle?

*how do these poems fit together as a “narration”?

*does it make a difference that the poems are composed originally in English?



Some links from Monday’s class

11 11 2014

Junot Diaz, Dominican American writer, interesting use of mixed languages–Spanish and English–in his prose fiction, check it out! (Mentioned by Aviva in class)

On book covers and African literature:

And Arabic literature, “translating for bigots”

To get us thinking about media, politics and rhetorical style

5 11 2014

Khalid Albaih

5 11 2014


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