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SJC Faculty Member Leading Film Discussion Thursday

The documentary, "5 Broken Cameras" screening at Plaza Cinema at 7:30 p.m.

Contributed by St. Joseph's College.

St. Joseph’s College (SJC) faculty member Thomas Petriano will host a discussion on the 2013 Oscar-nominated Palestinian film for Best Documentary Feature, 5 Broken Cameras, on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. The discussion and screening will take place at the Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center (MAC), located in downtown Patchogue, as part of its ongoing Film Discussion Series.

Directed by Palestinian villager Emad Burnat and Israeli film director Guy Davidi, 5 Broken Cameras is the first Palestinian film to be nominated for an Oscar. The documentary simultaneously chronicles the growth of Burnat's son born in 2005, and the non-violent struggle of the people of the West Bank village of Bil'in against a separation wall that is encroaching on their land.

“The film, which was the collaborative effort of an Israeli and a Palestinian, tells a story that is meant to invite dialogue and understanding, both of which are essential elements in the peace-making process,” said Thomas Petriano, professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at SJC. “This film offers an important perspective on a complex issue.”

The Film Discussion Series at Plaza MAC has included discussions by SJC English and Writing Professor Thomas Grochowski for the Academy Award winner, Searching for Sugar Man and SJC English and American Studies Professor Peter Mascuch for the Academy Award winner, Amour.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $7 for students with a valid ID. For more information, visit www.plazamac.org

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