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Event: Salt of this Sea (Milh Hadha al-Bahr) Opens Friday, August 13th in New York City

Posted on: Friday, August 13, 2010

Keywords: Event, Israel, Palestine, Middle East, Peace Building, Human Rights Advocacy

SALT OF THIS SEA (Milh Hadha al-Bahr), OPENS FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, IN NEW YORK CITY!


Exclusive Engagement at the Quad Cinema (34 West 13th St, near Union Square)
** SUHEIR HAMMAD IN PERSON FRIDAY AT 7:30!  **

DAILY SHOWTIMES:  1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:50
TRAILER 
PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS:  Call (212) 777-FILM (212-777-3456) or visit MOVIETICKETS.COM 
QUAD CINEMA WEBSITE

Brilliant, emotional, intense and fresh... the kind of powerful film that stays with you long after you leave the theater. It profoundly moved me.” — Michael Moore

Dear Friend of Palestine:
 
Are you tired of derogatory images of Palestinians and an obfuscating media narrative that tells less than half the story?  Have you been waiting for a Hollywood-style film to reach out to the American voting public and tell a true story from Palestine? To describe from a personal point of view the History of dispossession, then bring it into the present with clear and unflinching images of the current reality of ongoing occupation set in a romantic adventure?  

This film has has arrived!  Even if you can't attend, PURCHASE A TICKET NOW TO SUPPORT “SALT OF THIS SEA” opening weekend.
 
Opening in New York Friday, August 13, Salt of This Sea (Milh Hadha al-Bahr), is a beautifully shot film from Palestine, produced by Hollywood strongman Danny Glover, directed by Tony-Award winning Palestinian-American filmmaker Anne Marie Jacir, starring Brooklyn’s own Suheir Hammad, and Saleh Bakri (son of Mohammed Bakri, acclaimed Palestinian actor and director of Jenin, Jenin). Now is the moment to support mainstreaming cinematic images of Palestine in America.  

Why is this appeal reaching you less than 24 hours before the film's opening?  Because  a peace with justice organization I work with received a phone call just yesterday from Salt of This Sea's distributor, asking us to partner with them for group sales -- far too late for effective outreach for most films -- and we’ve just been informed by the Quad Cinema that NOT ONE GROUP BLOCK OR ADVANCE TICKET HAS BEEN SOLD!  Given the caliber of this film, we don't know why this oversight occurred.  But we must act now to remedy this missed opportunity to avoid losing the powerful educational outreach potential of this rare Palestinian film.

WHY IT'S CRITICAL TO SUPPORT THIS FILM AT THE BOX OFFICE OPENING WEEKEND

Because Monday morning after reviewing weekend box office sales, cinemas decide which films to keep in the theatre, and which to drop from the marquee.  If Salt of This Sea does not sell more tickets that the other films at the Quad this weekend, it will be gone from the theatre.

WHY DOES IT MATTER WHETHER A FILM FROM PALESTINE STAYS IN CINEMAS ANOTHER WEEK?

 - It’s the difference between distributors viewing films from Palestine as "box office deficits" and "passing" on these films in the future; vs. distributors viewing films from Palestine as commercially viable for American audiences, and seeking them out for future distribution in the US.
- It’s the difference between dissemination of more negative stereotypes and false narratives reaching the American voting public; vs. dissemination of true stories from Palestine, by Palestinian directors, portraying whole characters.

WHY DO PERCEPTIONS OF PALESTINE MATTER IN AMERICA?

Because images form concepts, concept influence voting habits, and voting habits influence American foreign policy, in support of Palestine - or not.  I think we all know how the record stands now.  Let's take steps to change that now!
 

HOW YOU CAN HELP KEEP SALT OF THIS SEA IN THE CINEMA:  

  1. Even if you can’t attend the screening, PURCHASE A TICKET RIGHT NOW for this film by calling MovieTickets.com (212) 777-FILM (212-777-3456), or purchase online 
    Consider it a $12.50 donation to promoting media from Palestine, about Palestine, and for Palestine. 
  2. If you can attend a screening this weekend, we have a deal with the Quad Cinema for "Mainstreaming Palestine" for $8 tickets once we sell the first block of 10.  Contact me at norfilm@gmail.com if you’d like to be included in the first block to get that ball rolling.
  3. Forward this email to every individual and organization you know who is concerned about American media images of Palestine. (Press release follows below.)
  4. Write Kino-Lorber Films and thank them for distributing Salt of This Sea.  Ask them to bring more films from, about, and for Palestine.  Remind them you're voting for the media you want with your film ticket purchase.

TICKET PURCHASING GOAL:  SELL OUT ALL SCREENINGS ON OPENING WEEKEND  

The Quad Cinema hosts five screenings per day.  Each screening holds 139 seats.  To sell out every show this weekend we need to purchase 2085 tickets in total.  With this email reaching over 3000 individuals, we can!

If the USA to Gaza Flotilla fundraiser could sell out; if 1000s of people can sail on boats to Gaza with the goal of ending the blockade; if activists worldwide stand up to IDF bullets in the West Bank to defy landgrabs and occupation, certainly we can sit in the comfort of our own homes and click "Purchase ticket" to sell out Salt of This Sea opening weekend.
 
Salt of This Sea is a rare theatrical release with great potential to educate American public. The battle for Palestine begins with the media.  Start now!

 


PRESS RELEASE:  SALT OF THIS SEA, DISTRIBUTED BY KINO-LORBER FILMS, USA

 
SALT OF THIS SEA (Milh Hadha al-Bahr), OPENS FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, IN NEW YORK CITY!
Exclusive Engagement at the Quad Cinema (34 West 13th St, near Union Square)
SUHEIR HAMMAD IN PERSON FRIDAY AT 7:30!
DAILY SHOWTIMES:  1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:50
TRAILERhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yMAWXLaEyA
PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS AT MOVIETICKETS.COM:  http://www.movietickets.com/house_detail.asp?house_id=216&rdate=8%2F13%2F2010

SYNOPSIS:  SALT OF THIS SEA
 
Annemarie Jacir’s politically charged feature debut is the story of Soraya (Tony Award winner Suheir Hammad), a Brooklyn-born woman who travels to Palestine to retrieve her grandfather’s savings, frozen in a Jaffa bank account after his 1948 exile. Struggling to feel at home in the land of her ancestors — and rebuffed by the country’s financial institutions — she meets Emad, a young Palestinian whose ambition, contrary to hers, is to leave forever. Tired of the constraints that dictate their lives, they devise a plan to reclaim what is theirs — whatever the consequences may be.
 
“Brilliant, emotional, intense and fresh... the kind of powerful film that stays with you long after you leave the theater. It profoundly moved me.” — Michael Moore
 
“Realized with verve, sincerity, and an unusual blend of documentary texture and theatrical energy.” — Richard Brody, The New Yorker


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