Screening & Discussion: HUNGER: The Struggle of Political Prisoners, From Ireland to Palestine

Wed, March 21, 2012 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Tickets: $10 regular admission, $5 for students, seniors, and Alwan members.

Film screening of Hunger, a film by Steve McQueen. 2008, 96 mins, English & Irish Gaelic. Trailer here.

Acclaimed visual artist Steve McQueen in his feature film debut posits this gripping drama (and Independent Spirit Award Best Foreign Film contender) that depicts the events surrounding a hunger strike staged by a group of IRA prisoners during their 1981 incarceration in Britain's Prison Maze. Led by IRA volunteer-poet Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender), the strikers waged their six-week-long protest in an attempt to be acknowledged as political prisoners and to improve the prison's conditions.

Only time, location and outcome separate the stories of Bobby Sands and Khader Adnan.

Bobby Sands, an IRA political prisoner, died on May 5th, 1981 after a 66 day hunger strike at the age of 27. Khader Adnan, a Palestinian political prisoner, led a hunger strike that ended on his 66thday after an agreement was reached that he would be released. Hunger strikes have proven to be an effective means forpolitical prisoners’ voices to be heard outside of their prison walls.

The case of Khader Adnan and Bobby Sands echo the stories of hundreds of thousands of prisoners who are systematically targeted by the prison industrial complex.The struggles of Mumia Abu Jamal, Nelson Mandela,Ahmad Sa'adat, the Francisco 8, MohammedOthman,Jamal Jum'a, Abdullah Abu Rahmah, Marwan Barghouti, the Cuban 5, among numerous others, reflect the oppression of the wider prison-industrial complex of state-sponsored repression against marginalized populations worldwide.Prisoners represent a microcosm of society’s organized discrimination.

In light of the recent case of Khader Adnan, Alwan for the Arts and Hunter Students for Justice in Palestine invite you to discuss the parallels of these struggles and how you can stand in solidarity with political prisoners.

Join us for a screening of the film Hunger, in which Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison on a hunger strike, followed by a Q&A with Lamis Deek.

Steve McQueen, trained at the Chelsea School of Art, London; Goldsmith College, London; and at the Tisch School of Arts, New York University. He was the recipient of an ICA Futures Award in (1996), a DAAD Artist in Residence Grant in Berlin (1999), and the Turner Prize, Tate Gallery, London (1999). He participated in Documenta X (1997) and XI (2002). He has had a number of international solo exhibitions, including a show at the Art Institute in Chicago (2002) and a show the following year at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Hunger is his debut feature film, and his second feature, Shame,was released in 2010.

Lamis Deek is a Palestinian organizer born in Nablus, Palestine, and raised in New York. She is member of Al-Awda New York. In her practice as a lawyer, she focuses primarily on criminal defense and FBI investigations. She has handled a number of political prisoner cases domestically and witnessed the trial of Ahmad Sa’adat in Palestine.

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Last updated: 2012-03-21 08:05:00

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