Gaza Calling: Film Screening and Discussion | Thursday, March 16, 2017 | University College | 15 King’s College Circle, Room 140 | 7 – 9 p.m.

The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA), together with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP Ryerson), Students Against Israeli Apartheid – UofT St. George, and UofT Divest, invite you to a screening of Gaza Calling, a documentary by Nahed Awwad. Inspired by the director’s own experiences, the film captures the personal costs faced by Palestinian families torn apart by arbitrary Israeli barriers within their own country.

In addition to the film, there will be a brief report back from the June 2016 fact-finding trip to Palestine by a group of Modern Languages Association (MLA) members who travelled to the Occcupied Territories to investigate the conditions for students and faculty under occupation. University of Toronto Professor Rebecca Comay was one of the MLA members on this trip and a co-author of the report. Their eyewitness report documents the difficult and deteriorating conditions that Palestinian academics and students face.

The final segment of the event will be a moderated discussion featuring Issam Alyamani and Jehad Elewiwi, two prominent Palestine solidarity activists based in Toronto.

Gaza Calling: Film Screening and Discussion
Time: Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: University College (University of Toronto) | 15 King’s College Circle, Room 140
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Gaza Calling | Director: Nahed Awwad
Documentary, 64 minutes | 2012
Country of Origin: Palestine, UAE, Switzerland

Film Synopsis: 
Inspired by the director’s own experiences, Gaza Calling captures the personal costs faced by Palestinian families torn apart by arbitrary Israeli barriers within their own country. Samer attends Birzeit University in Ramallah (West Bank) while his family resides in Gaza. Mustafa is stranded in Gaza as his mother and siblings desperately try to reunite with him in the West Bank. Only a one-hour drive apart, neither son has seen his family in person for more than 6 years.  Under Israeli law they are considered “infiltrators” in their own country, their ID cards restrict them from moving between Gaza and the West Bank. As they try to navigate the convoluted bureaucracy of permits, lawyers and NGOs, these families must rely on phone calls and the internet to transcend borders and stay connected.

Dubai International Film Festival (2012): Nominated for Muhr Arab Award/ Best Film/ Documentary; Special Mention – Birds Eye View Film Festival in London (2013); Hot Docs International Documentary Festival (2013)

This is event is organized as part of 2017 Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) in Toronto.
First launched in Toronto in 2005, IAW has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. This year, IAW will take place in more than 150 cities across the globe. The week aims to raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing practices of apartheid, occupation and dispossession against the Palestinian people. Lectures, films, and creative actions will build support for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement.

Israeli Apartheid Week in Toronto is organized by Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA), the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA), Students for Justice in Palestine at Ryerson (SJP), the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) BDS Committee, and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3902 BDS Committee.

For more information on other IAW events taking place in Toronto, please visit:

IAW 2017 is endorsed by the following organizations: Arts and Science Students’ Union, Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, CUPE Local 1281, CUPE Local 3903, CUPE Local 3902, Equity Studies Students’ Union, Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance of Ontario, Graduate Geography and Planning Students’ Association, Ghassan Kanafani Association, Harvest Noon Co-Op, Health Studies Students’ Union, Independent Jewish Voices – Canada, Independent Jewish Voices – UofT, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, No More Silence, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, Not in Our Name: Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, OPIRG Toronto, OPIRG York, Salaam Canada: Queer Muslim Community, Socialist Project, Stop the JNF – Canada, University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union, Upping the Anti, We Are UofT 89.5FM, Women and Gender Studies Students’ Union, Women in Solidarity with Palestine.