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    The Amman Filmmakers Cooperative (AFC) E-NEWSLETTER | February 18, 2006 1) WORKSHOP: THE HANDS-ON FILMMAKING EXPERIENCE (NEW FOR 2006) 2) WORKSHOP: INTRO TO
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      The Amman Filmmakers Cooperative (AFC)

      E-NEWSLETTER | February 18, 2006

      1) WORKSHOP: THE HANDS-ON FILMMAKING EXPERIENCE (NEW FOR 2006)
      2) WORKSHOP: INTRO TO DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING
      3) The morality of a cultural boycott of Israel by Omar Barghouti

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      WORKSHOP: THE HANDS-ON FILMMAKING EXPERIENCE (NEW FOR 2006)

      (Filmmaking for Documentary - Project)

      Students who are interested in a hands-on training experience on how
      to use a compact DV video camera, lights, and basic computer editing
      can sign up for this workshop. This workshop will offer basic
      technical production competencies for those who wish to put their
      newly acquired filmmaking knowledge, from other AFC workshops, into
      action.

      This workshop will result in a short film that will be posted on the
      AFC website and possibly entered into film festivals. While the
      duration of the workshop is about one day, actual production time may
      last longer depending on the complexity of the selected film project
      and the time it will take for post production. Each film produced in
      this workshop will be co-directed by two students, except in special
      circumstances.

      The AFC instructor will select the film subject in consultation with
      the students and will lead the writing of the script to ensure the
      selected film project has a manageable scope and serves the intended
      purpose of the workshop, to help students consolidate basic filmmaking
      skills. This workshop is not a form of production assistance for
      students with existing scripts and film ideas. Students can use the
      skills gained from this workshop to realize their film ideas.

      WHEN
      Saturday Feb 25, 2006 | 10:30am - 8pm.
      Actual duration of film production may be longer and will be discussed
      with students.

      WHERE
      See map for directions:
      http://ammanfilmmakers.alif.com/images/map-to-office-72.jpg

      FEE
      70 JD. Payments must be paid no later than 7pm on Wednesday Feb 22,
      2006 . Call or SMS to make appointment.

      REQUIREMENTS
      Completion of Intro to Documentary Filmmaking Workshop.

      AFC CONTACT
      Phone: 079/5308232
      Email: ArabFilmmakers@...

      REGISTRATION
      Interested applicants must complete registration form to be considered
      for the workshop. Registration does not guarantee workshop enrollment
      in this workshop. Form submission deadline is Tuesday Feb 21, 2006 .

      Visit http://ammanfilmmakers.alif.com/workshop-registration.htm to
      open registration form.

      IMPORTANT
      Content of workshop may change without notice. For updates visit:
      http://AmmanFilmmakers.alif.com/feb-24-06-project-docfilm.htm

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      2) INTRO TO DOC FILMMAKING WORKSHOP
      W/LIVE DEMO & IN-CLASS FILM PROJECT

      (Filmmaking for Documentary - I)

      WHAT
      Students will be introduced to basic filmmaking skills such as using
      a compact DV video camera, basic lights, and computer-based editing
      software. There will be a live demonstration of the workings of the
      DV camera, lights, and video editing software. Students and instructor
      will together produce a one-minuet documentary.

      WHEN
      Friday Feb 24, 2006 | 10:30am - 6:30pm

      WHERE
      See map for directions:
      http://ammanfilmmakers.alif.com/images/map-to-office-72.jpg

      FEE:
      5 JD. Payments must be paid no later than 7pm on Wednesday Feb 22, 2006.

      AFC CONTACT
      Phone: 079/5308232
      Email: ArabFilmmakers@...

      REGISTRATION
      Interested applicants must complete registration form to be considered
      for the workshop. Registration does not guarantee workshop enrollment
      in this workshop. Form submission deadline is Tuesday Feb 21, 2006.

      Visit http://ammanfilmmakers.alif.com/workshop-registration.htm to
      open registration form.

      WORKSHOP OUTLINE

      I. Filmmaking Concepts & Lifecycle
      - Assumptions, expectations, and plan of action.
      - Introduction to the Amman Filmmakers Cooperative.
      - Defining independent filmmaking within a Jordanian context.
      - Screening of selected short films produced by AFC filmmakers and others.
      - Legal overview: defamation, copyrights, and fair use.
      - Common mistakes committed by beginners.
      - The key stages of production.

      II. Pre-Production Planning
      - Structuring the story.
      - Research.
      - Budgeting.
      - Schedule.
      - Equipment.
      - Interview preparations.
      - Permits & clearances.
      - Location scouting.
      - Shooting script.

      III. Production
      - Video camera basics.
      - Shot angles.
      - Framing the shot.
      - Cutaways.
      - Conducting the interviews.
      - Logging footage.
      - Audio issues.
      - Lighting concepts.

      IV. Post-Production
      - Editing workstation configuration.
      - Editing tools of the trade.
      - Logging the relevant film cuts.
      - Capturing footage from camera to PC.
      - Arranging film footage using editing software.
      - Transitions.
      - Narration.
      - Music track.
      - Titles.
      - Incorporating photos/graphics.
      - Assembling the rough cut.
      - Exporting to CD.

      V. In-class Film Project
      The instructor will demonstrate key filmmaking concepts described in
      the workshop by producing a short documentary about the workshop.

      IMPORTANT
      Content of workshop may change without notice. For updates visit:

      http://AmmanFilmmakers.alif.com/feb-24-06-intro-to-docfilm.htm

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      3) The morality of a cultural boycott of Israel

      The morality of a cultural boycott of Israel

      Omar Barghouti

      21 - 9 - 2005

      Israel's breaches of human rights and international law give moral
      force to the argument for an international boycott, says Palestinian
      writer Omar Barghouti.

      Linda Grant's rebuttal of Jacqueline Rose's courageous support for
      boycotting Israel reduces boycott to little more than censorship.
      Shifting the debate from issues of accountability, moral
      responsibility and legality into clichéd personal stories – in a
      manner as whitewashing as her Guardian series about life in Israel –
      Grant avoids the fundamental issue evoked in the most recent calls for
      boycotting Israel: that Israel's systematic violation of international
      law, its denial of Palestinian refugee rights, its continued
      occupation and colonisation of Palestinian land and its entrenched
      racist system against its own Palestinian citizens demand an effective
      response from concerned citizens of the world. Institutional boycotts
      similar to those applied to South Africa are what are called for, not
      censorship of this or that progressive Israeli writer or academic!

      The latest Palestinian Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
      (BDS) – supported by a large majority of Palestinian civil society –
      does not target Jews or Israelis qua Jews; on the contrary, it
      actually addresses conscientious Israeli Jews, urging them to support
      efforts to bring about Israel's compliance with international law and
      fundamental human rights, both necessary elements in reaching true
      peace based on justice. (The full text of the BDS call and the list of
      signatories to July 2005 is here.)

      As a dance choreographer, I often face the question of whether
      cultural bridges between Israelis and Palestinians cannot indeed
      advance the prospects for such a just peace more than concerted
      pressure on Israel. Ten years of the so-called Oslo peace process
      between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO),
      endorsed by most civil-society organisations on both sides, attest to
      the abject failure of the illusion of peace to evolve into real peace.
      A decade of joint Palestinian-Israeli projects mostly resulted in
      providing a figleaf covering up Israel's relentless colonisation of
      Palestinian land and its crimes against the Palestinian people.

      Many Palestinian artists during that period were attracted for various
      reasons to such collaborations without being fully aware of the
      terrible consequences their involvement had in promoting the grand
      deception of peace without justice. With the ever-present lure of
      project funding, prestige and personal gain, even progressive artists
      have acquiesced at times to shifting the focus of their work from
      resisting oppression to communicating with "the other" to bring about
      change through persuasion. A joint Palestinian-Israeli theatre work,
      for example, was highly sought after as the ultimate model for
      promoting coexistence and mutual-recognition between the "two sides".

      Such an agenda essentially advocates a change in the "consciousness of
      the oppressed, not the situation which oppresses them", to borrow
      Simone de Beauvoir's perceptive remark. Or worse, it aims at changing
      the world's perception of the conflict, by giving the impression of
      normal, even amiable relations between artists on either side of the
      colonial divide. The conflict is thus reduced to a psychological gap
      that needs to be bridged, a visceral tribal hatred that needs to be
      treated. The inescapable implication is that all that is needed is to
      accumulate enough of such collaborations eventually to overcome the
      bitterness embedded in conflict.

      Those who support this agenda are guilty of moral blindness and
      political shortsightedness. Prolonging oppression is not only
      unethical, it is pragmatically counterproductive as well, as it
      perpetuates the conflict.

      Cultural vision is thus compromised and intellectual honesty
      forfeited. Affecting a positive change in the relationship of
      oppression is thrown around at first as an empty slogan and ends up
      being unsolicited, even undesirable, later on. Consequently, this
      superficial, even insincere, "coexistence" mentality leads to nothing
      other than prolonging the suffering, imprisoning hope and inhibiting
      real resistance to injustice. That is why I regard this as a cynical
      and deceptive agenda.

      Some critics of boycott argue that it is still necessary for
      Palestinian intellectuals and artists to maintain and foster open
      communication channels with their Israeli counterparts, to debate, to
      share, to convince, to learn and ultimately to reach a common vision
      for peace.

      I beg to differ. Those who imagine they can wish away the conflict by
      suggesting some forums for rapprochement, détente, or "dialogue" not
      conditioned upon common recognition of international law and universal
      human rights are either clinically delusional or dangerously deceptive.

      Any sincere joint projects aimed at reaching a just peace must be
      unambiguously based on full respect of international law, rejection of
      all oppression and racism and recognition of equal humanity. Prior to
      establishing the latter, any communication is strictly an exercise in
      asymmetrical negotiations between oppressor and oppressed. The mutual
      recognition of equal humanity ought to be a necessary precondition
      for, never a consequence of dialogue.

      Israelis who insist on asking the Palestinians to pay a political
      price in advance in return for their own "noble" recognition of a
      meagre subset of Palestinian rights are not really seeking justice or
      a moral end to the conflict. Some shamelessly seek European funds;
      others do it for prestige or fame; and some even participate in this
      typical colonial behavior as a form of taming the Palestinian shrew,
      or inhibiting resistance to oppression. Most Palestinians who accept
      such humiliating conditions are primarily compelled by a
      resource-starved environment under occupation. They are as free in
      their "choice" to participate in such projects as a slave is in
      "choosing" whether or not to oblige when asked by her master to "make
      love". Love, however, can only be made between the free.

      Many around the world recognise the extent of Israel's breach of
      international law. The real challenge now is to do something about it.
      Only by applying effective international pressure against Israel
      similar in scope and comprehensiveness to that successfully used to
      end apartheid in South Africa will intellectuals and academics be
      fulfilling their moral obligation to stand up for right, for justice,
      for equality and for a chance to validate the prevalence of universal
      ethical principles. By doing so, they will also serve in the most
      effective manner the cause of coexistence and real peace.

      Copyright © Omar Barghouti

      http://www.opendemocracy.net/conflict-debate_97/morality_2853.jsp

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