Boycott + Panel Discussion at Arnolfini
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"Inspiring documentary platforming three Americans fighting anti-boycott laws. These authoritarian bills ban businesses from boycotting Israeli contractors; an affront to their free speech and evidence of the US government’s complicity in human rights violations in Palestine. Presented with a panel discussion around anti-boycott legislation and the right to protest in the UK, with guest speakers (including Ken Loach)."

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A event held at Arnolfini on Friday 2nd December. The event starts at 18:00.

Boycott + panel discussion
Dir. Julia Bacha | Documentary | 2021 | 73 mins | English | 15

An attorney from Arizona, a news publisher in Arkansas and a speech therapist in Texas launch legal battles when they are forced to choose between their jobs and their political beliefs.

Boycott explores the extent of anti-boycott legislation in the US and shows the impact of state legislation on companies and individuals that choose to boycott Israel. Bacha’s compelling documentary is an inspiring story of standing up for one’s rights and fighting against threats to freedom of speech.

Following the screening there will be a panel discussion, with guest speakers, who will discuss the use of boycott campaigns in the fight for justice and the risks of anti-boycott legislation to activism in the UK. Guest speakers include Ken Loach, film and TV director; Yuval Shalev from International Centre of Justice for Palestinians; Zeyn Mohammed, Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC); Dave Spurgeon, former chair of Bristol Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM).  Chaired by Melissa Chemam.

This event is part of Bristol Palestine Film Festival 2022 – check our website for details of our full programme, which includes screenings of shorts, features and documentaries at a range of independent venues across the city, including The Cube, Watershed, St George's, and the Palestine Museum.

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