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Forbidden Pilgrimage + Q&A

Thursday 11th December, 2014, at 19:30
Easton Community Cinema (Baggator), The Pickle Factory, 13 All Hallows Road, Easton, Bristol BS5 0HH

How to Book

Tickets (£3 recommended donation) available on the night. Please join us from 7.30pm. The Cinema has an excellent kitchen and bar serving home cooked food and a range of beverages.

Screening starts at 8.15pm.


Forbidden Pilgrimage

dir. Ahmad Damen, 2014, documentary, Palestine, 50m

Since the early centuries of Christianity, pilgrims have traced the footsteps of Jesus and other Biblical figures across the Holy Land. More than two million Christian pilgrims visited the historical Palestine in 2012 and the numbers are rising steadily every year. Forbidden Pilgrimage shows how Israel has promoted its control over Palestine amongst Christian communities worldwide as a “heavenly blessing”, while at the same time sealing off or destroying biblical sites and pilgrimage routes held sacred to numerous sects.

Introduction and Q&A with Ahmad Damen

Ahmad Damen is a Palestinian filmmaker, musician and writer. He holds an MSc in Change Management from Leeds University, but  left his job in Marketing to pursue his dreams in films and music. His first feature documentary “The Red Stone” (2012) was an international success and represented Palestine in Istanbul International Film Festival and the Arab Camera Film Festival in Rotterdam. The film was screened in Bristol last year in addition to screenings in London and Boston and was awarded a Special Jury Selection at Toronto Palestine Film Festival in Canada. His second film “Forbidden Pilgrimage” (2014) had already an official selection at Aljazeera International Film Festival and also officially selected in festivals in London and Toronto. He’s now working as an editor for a prestigious magazine in Palestine and conducting other personal projects.

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