Thursday, 10 May 2007

Occupation 101

Occupation 101 is a documentary about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the film presents itself as the "voice of a silenced majority" and "The Re-education of America Project".

The film has recieved several awards during its run in various film festivals including:

Winner of the "Golden Palm" Award (highest honour given by jury) and for "Best Editing" at the 2007 Beverly Hills Film Festival.

Winner of the 2006 Artivist Best Feature Film Award under the category of Human Rights.

Best of all this film/documentary was made by 2 Libyan brothers: Sufyan Omeish & Abdallah Omeish (سفيان عميش و عبدالله عميش) .


It will go under general release on the 15th of May.
I am embedding a 26 minutes trailer of this documentary, the original lasts for 85 minutes, best of luck to the Libyan brothers inshaAllah, they need it with a film like this in Hollywood.



Update:

For Al-Jazeera TV interview with the brothers Omeish (in Arabic) click here

For an interview with the brothers Omeish on American Radio (Annie Armen Show) click here

For more information and how to buy this film, go to their main website, Occupation 101

37 comments:

mani said...

OCCUPATION 101 is made by Libyans?? mashallah that's what we would expect of our countrymen, even in hollywood, to focus on the realities and important matters, than the trivial and useless matters of life.. Can't wait to get the full thing.

Thanks Anglo!

P.S im gonna back this up with a post :)

Anglo-Libyan said...

please do mani.
I only found out today that it was made by Libyans when I saw an interview with the brothers on Al-Jazeera.

Lebeeya said...

I never knew it was made by Libyans!!! This is wonderful news. Thank you Anglo for spreading the word. I am honestly impressed by our country men! Allah yebarik feehum inshallah.

Can't wait to watch the full documantary! I really hope this educates the ignorgant on whats reaaaally going on in Palastine.

ibeebarbie said...

Salam Anglo-Libyan,

Thanks for the post and can't wait to watch in, inshallah.

I applaud those that are willing to take a risk in order to get information out.

Anglo-Libyan said...

Ameen ya Lebeeya.

I cant wait to watch it too, I watched the YouTube trailer and it is very impressive.

Salam ibeebarbie
you are welcome, these guys are American-Libyans so probably you will get more information about their production than us here :o)

programmer craig said...

"The Re-education of America Project"

Americans need re-education? What a foolish thing to market a film as... they don't realize that "re-education" is a term used to describe the indoctrination programs in communist countries throughout the 20th century? And isn't that just what Americans want? To be indoctrinated by Arabs?

Mind boggling.

Anonymous said...

Sufian please SSSSS not SA

Anonymous said...

سفيان

a_akak said...

Power to the libyan dudes!!!!

i will download it oh i mean buy it when it comes out :P

Fe Aman Alllah

concerned said...

Craig nothing wrong to re-educate someone about something that he/she been thought wrong about it, USA always looked at one side of the coin never tried to know or learn anything about the other side, it takes two to tango, peace.

Libyano said...

Thank you AngloLibyan , I feel so proud of this , good luck tot he brothers inshallah .

programmer craig said...

concerned,

Craig nothing wrong to re-educate someone about something that he/she been thought wrong about it, USA always looked at one side of the coin never tried to know or learn anything about the other side, it takes two to tango, peace.

We see the other side of the coin every day, concerned. Every day. On the news, on the Arab blogs, everywhere we go. If I was to agree with you on the idea that "re-education" is an acceptable principal, I would argue it is Palestinians and Israelis who need it, not the west. Not Americans. It's not our problem, and I for one am very sick of being dragged into the middle of it and being asked to show sympathy for one side or the other. Under the current circumstances, i find it impossible to have any sympathy for Palestinians. I'd prefer if the problem was just solved to everyone's satisfaction and then I never had to hear about it again.

But speaking of re-education, how well do you think a re-education video made by American Christians would be received in Libya?

Anybody have a guess about that?

Anglo-Libyan said...

Thanks PCraig
the film makers are Americans of Libyan origin, im not sure why you are only seeing the Arab/Muslim side of them, if they were American Jews, would you have called them Jews or Americans? or Irish or American?
They are American, the documentary is American made with American tech, as an American I think you should be proud, as we Libyans are proud of their Libyan origin.

annonymous, thank you, I will change it :o)

Thanks Ahmed. Buy is the correct word :o)

concerned thanks for your point.

Libyano, you are welcome, good to see you again :o)

programmer craig said...

Hi AL,

the film makers are Americans of Libyan origin, im not sure why you are only seeing the Arab/Muslim side of them, if they were American Jews, would you have called them Jews or Americans?

If they were Israeli Americans and they were trying to peddle a film to "re-educate" Americans on an issue that was important to Israel, I would call them Israelis. Not Americans. US citizens should not be serving a foreign power.

or Irish or American?

Same answer. If there were Irish-Americans in the US hawking a propaganda film for the IRA, I would call them Irish. Although to be honest I would have less of a problem with the Irish because their religion and culture is much more in-line with the majority in the US.

They are American, the documentary is American made with American tech, as an American I think you should be proud, as we Libyans are proud of their Libyan origin.

I don't really understand how you think I should be proud of that? Should I also be proud of Lebanese Americans who live in the US and raise money for Hezbollah? No, I'm not proud of that. I can understand why Libyans are, though. I'd probably be proud of a Libyan-American who did a good job of promoting the US in Libya, though. But, how would most Libyans feel about that?

Anglo-Libyan said...

PC many Americans and Libyan Americans are promoting the US in Libya and business is booming.

America is not an enemy even if some of us dont agree with all the policies.

This film is not preaching Islam in Amrica, im not sure how much you know about it but the majority of speakers/guests are non Arab, non Muslim (Americans & Israelis) another thing this documentary actually concentrates on the plight of Christian Palestinians living under occupation which has been ignored by the west.

The documentary recieved many awards in the western world, none so far in the Muslim world so I really dont see it as propaganda.
As always I thank you for your points.

Maya M said...

I haven't seen anything of the movie and don't intend to, so I won't say a word against it. Maybe it's a good movie.
But a question lingers in my mind: after these Libyan-Americans wanted to make a film about human rights problems, why did they choose Palestine? Isn't good old Libya closer to their hearts? Or the situation with human rights in Libya is so rosy that the few remaining problems don't deserve publicity?
I remember the slogan of recent Iranian protests, "Forget Palestine. Think of us." My opinion is that if non-Palestinian Arabs and the rest of the Muslim world forget Palestine, this would benefit everybody. Palestinians included.

Anglo-Libyan said...

maya m, you have gone off the point as well.
these 2 men are American, they are of Libyan origin, I cant understand why many westerners do not allow American & European people of Arab/muslim origin to do anything without reminding them of where they come from or the abuses of their countries of origin, again if they were of Bulgarian origin would you have reminded them of the abuse the gypsies get in Bulgaria?? I doubt it very much!

programmer craig said...

Hi AL,

I probably shouldn't have said anything. I apologize if I offended anyone. I was just giving my honest reaction, and I think that will be the reaction of most Americans. I find it somehow offensive that people might believe the reason we don't support Palestinians more is that we are ignorant. Nobody outside of Israel/Palestine has lost more people over this conflict (directly or indirectly) than the US has. I *personally* have lost friends because of Palestinians in Lebanon. How many Libyans have been killed, in Libya or in other countries, because of it? I haven't heard of any. Perhaps I am mistaken, though, in which case I'd be happy to be corrected.

another thing this documentary actually concentrates on the plight of Christian Palestinians living under occupation which has been ignored by the west.

I don't think Palestinian Christians have been forgotten by the west. What makes you think we don't consider them to be part of the problem? The worst offenders at distributing Palestinian propaganda are Palestinian Christians. Um Khalil comes to mind. Or, do you think that we should automatically support them because they are Christians, and the Israelis are not? As a Christian, I'm telling you I don't feel that way at all. Nobody gets my support just because they are Christian. Christians have done a lot of shitty things through the centuries.

You've questioned several times why they people call them "Libyans" instead of "Americans" - to which I ahve two questions:

1) Where do you think their loyalties lie? I know many people who are dual citizens who don't even LIKE the US, and live here just because it's in their best interest to. I don't really consider people like that to be American. And the fact that these guys are supporting a pan-Arab cause kind of makes me think they are in that category.

2) Are you saying they are not dual nationals? They are not citizens of Libya? They have ONLY US Citizenship? Because if that's the case I might re-think my position.

Again, I'm sorry if I caused offense. I wish I hadn't commented on this, but now that I did I feel like I have to continue. I didn't mean to rain on anybody's parade.

ibeebarbie said...

Salam,
I love a spirited discussion filled with passion. However, wonder in the big scheme of things---what is the point? Curious to know what motivates such passion?

Anglo-Libyan said...

PC, I dont think that you have offended anyone.
The Palestinian issue is close to our hearts, my mother is Lebanese, she has family in Palestine but she can never visit them yet you as an American can go anytime you want and no my mother is not a risk to Israeli security.
I have lost relatives and had relatives displaced because of Israeli aggression in Lebano.

I am not sure about the 2 Libyan brothers status, they may very well be Libyan/American dual nationals but I do not see your point about their loyalty to Palestine! it is a just cause and I wouldnt say Americans are ignorant to their plight but the media (here in UK too) never gives the full story.

my other point that I cant understand is why most of us living in the west are always looked on suspeciously??
do not forget that America is a nation of immigrants with the exception of the native Americans of course.
so why cant American Arabs or European Arabs make themselves heard peacefully by making movies or something without being told go back to your country.

again PC, you are always welcome here :o)

Salam ibeebarbie
I couldnt possibly answer this question but as an Arab living in the west and trying very hard to coexist, I find it hard sometimes to do so.

Ema said...

when i read about it iso wished i had a blog to post about it. but you did it on our behalf.

i feel so proud and more after i heard that the both won a golden prize in Beverly Hills.

thank anglo

programmer craig said...

AL,

The Palestinian issue is close to our hearts, my mother is Lebanese, she has family in Palestine but she can never visit them yet you as an American can go anytime you want

Most Arab countries ban travel to Israel, themselves, don't they? Hmmm... well, regardless of whose fault it is... there are many places you could go, but I could not.

I can't imagine any reason why I would ever want to travel to Israel or the occupied territories, so the fact that I could if I wished too is moot.

and no my mother is not a risk to Israeli security.

I'm sure she isn't but this is most likely a policy, and policies are usually deaf and blind. I'm no threat to Saudi security, either... can I go to Medina? Mecca?

I am not sure about the 2 Libyan brothers status, they may very well be Libyan/American dual nationals but I do not see your point about their loyalty to Palestine!

I don't care about their loyalty to Palestine. I care about their loyalty to America.

it is a just cause and I wouldnt say Americans are ignorant to their plight but the media (here in UK too) never gives the full story.

Neither do Palestinians, if you've noticed? I think US media is more balanced than the Palestinian presentation.

my other point that I cant understand is why most of us living in the west are always looked on suspeciously??

The US is at war in two Muslim countries. I can't speak to what other western countries do, but I think it would be unrealistic to expect the US to not scrutinize Muslims more closely, under the circumstances.

do not forget that America is a nation of immigrants with the exception of the native Americans of course.

How could I forget? I live in Southern California. I'm in minority group, here, and it's been that way for decades :)

so why cant American Arabs or European Arabs make themselves heard peacefully by making movies or something without being told go back to your country.

Hey, now! I never said anything about going "back to their country" ! All I did is refer to them as Libyans instead of Americans. You questioned me on that, and I explained why.

The only Arab I ever told anything like that to is Twosret, who is an Egyptian Christian. And she's not American, anyway... though she may be by now, if her paperwork cleared. And if she gave up one of her other two nationalities, because we don't have tri-nationality, here. Even if she is a US citizen, I still wish she'd go back to Canada, or Egypt. She obviously hates the US. What in the hell is she doing here? Well, that's a different rant.

The only Muslim I ever said it to is LibyanWarrior, who is a berber. And if he ever said the things to me in person that he has said on blogs, well... I'd be willing to spend some time in jail to show him what I really think of him. That guy is a traitor. Flat out. And he was born here.

So. Anyway. Technically, I have never told an Arab Muslim I wished they would leave the US.

again PC, you are always welcome here :o)

Thank you :) I suppose I should learn which posts to skip, I know which ones are going to get my blood pressure up, by now.

programmer craig said...

So. Anyway. Technically, I have never told an Arab Muslim I wished they would leave the US.

Eh... well... actually, I did say that to Raed Jarrar. A bunch of times. But he's Iraqi. Wait... no, he's Palestinian now!

Suliman said...

For young people of Libyan origins growing up in America, it's not unusual to identify more broadly than implied by the Libyan vs. American comparison. Libyans, like others from most North African/Arab/Muslim/Middle Eastern countries, are too widely scattered to form communities in the classical, pre-net sense, with a few exceptions--very few. So young X-Americans naturally find "bigger causes" more appealing, having a bigger audience in this case. Who the hell knows squat about Libya in the US? I am not saying that they should or need to, but the fact is, for a young person growing up in the US and trying to connect to a widely recognized--let alone acknowledged--cultural backdrop, the appeal of pan-X is hard to compete with. All the rest, for me, is simply a case of free speech. A Libyan-American wants to re-educate America on the Palestinian cause, or the role of big business in empowering X dictatorships, or the relation between the price of tea in China and global warming? I say, by all means, let the free market of ideas be the judge.

Anglo-Libyan said...

you are welcome Ema, glad you are proud :o)

PC
I am familiar with your discussions with Twosret, Libyan warrior, Highlander and others and always read them and some how enjoy reading them.
I do respect the way you defend what you believe in which is not always to my liking but thats what free speech is all about :o)
have a good day.

Thank you Suliman, very intersting.

BuJ said...

the comments i read are more interesting than the post!

good debating skills.. and .. EMA.. why don't you re-open your blog?

I especially wanna see more about Architecture.
Have you graduated yet? bittawfeeg inshalla.

Anglo-Libyan said...

glad you enjoyed the debate Buj :o)

Maya M said...

AL, it is of course the right of every emigrant to "forget" where he is from, but I don't like it, especially when the country of origin is small and all problems, like Bulgaria (or Libya? You'll say).
We have a number of movies about the Gypsies, both fiction and documentary, made by "Bulgarian-Bulgarians". I wouldn't mind if an emigrant filmmaker adds one more. But if he makes a movie serving the pan-Slav cause, e.g. glorifying Russia or lamenting the sufferings of Serbs during the recent war, I'll have things to say. Much sharper than my earlier comment here, because when I write to and about Arabs, I mind my language.
The reason Arabs (and people of Arab origin even if born in the West) are looked by the Westerners with suspicion is that the majority of them have values different from, and even incompatible with, Western values. Moreover, most Arabs, similarly to most Westerners, ascribe universal nature to their values and try to make them valid globally. This movie is a self-proclaimed attempt to do so, which is shown by the word "re-education".
Suliman is right about free speech, but anyway neither Programmer Craig nor I want the movie to be banned. Freedom is, by definition, the right of somebody to do things other people find bad. This doesn't deprive other people of the right to call these things bad.

Anglo-Libyan said...

thanks Maya, I do always respect your views :o)

BuJassem said...

Brilliant movie ya AL, and mashalla it's made by Libyans. makes me proud!

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