Sunday, August 9, 2009

A CELEBRATION OF SOLIDARITY: A Different Kind of Spotlight

A CELEBRATION OF SOLIDARITY: A Different Kind of Spotlight

Monday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Rogers Communications Centre, Ryerson University
80 Gould Street, Toronto
(northeast corner of Church Street)

The Toronto Declaration is unstoppable. Over 1,000 filmmakers, actors, writers and other cultural producers from around the world -- including Israel and Palestine -- have signed on to the statement objecting to the Toronto International Film Festival's celebratory spotlight on Tel Aviv.

New signatories include music and cinematic legends Harry Belafonte and Julie Christie. Actor Viggo Mortensen, who will be attending this year's festival, just added his name. Leading intellectual figures Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler and Anne McClintock have also recently endorsed the declaration, along with prominent Canadian writers Rawi Hage, Joy Kogawa, Dionne Brand and Kerri Sakamoto. Celebrated local filmmakers Velcrow Ripper, Min Sook Lee and Lynne Fernie have also signed the letter.

International support for the declaration continues to grow despite denunciations, unfounded personal attacks on earlier signatories Jane Fonda, Danny Glover, and Naomi Klein, and despite an aggressive campaign of misinformation regarding the letter’s content.

Come out this Monday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m. to see some of the names behind the Toronto Declaration, with messages of solidarity and responses to their critics.

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