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What responsibility do we have to the voices speaking truth under colonial occupation?

What forms of transnational solidarity and creative work are possible for us as we upend settler-colonial institutions and seek to support anticolonial public commentary and actions?

​​Join us for an evening of film and discussion with Mohamed Mayara (Saharawi), Evelyn Araluen (Goorie, Koori), and Tasnim Sammak (Palestine).

Moderated by scholar-activist, community journalist, and member of IPCS Working Group, Scheherazade Bloul, the event will explore the connections between the struggles for self-determination and liberation in Western Sahara, Palestine, and in so-called Australia,

Join us for a screening of the short documentary 3 Stolen Cameras, which follows the journalists of Equipe Media as they document Morocco’s repression of the Sahrawi people’s struggle for a free Western Sahara.

3 Stolen Cameras depicts the struggle of Equipe Media members to keep their cameras and document the Moroccan state’s repression in Western Sahara.

Following the screening, we will hear from:

Mohamed Mayara – Co-founder and coordinator of the collective of independent journalists Equipe Media. As a trade unionist and journalist, Mohamed has faced persecution, arrest, torture, and death threats for his work exposing the impacts of Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara.
Dr Evelyn Araluen – Goorie and Koori poet, editor, researcher, and chairperson of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies. She is also the co-editor of Overland, a lecturer in Literature and Writing at Deakin University, and a co-convening editor of Postcolonial Studies. Her research is focused on the histories, cultures, and methods of Aboriginal storytelling and literary practice.
Tasnim Sammak – Palestinian organiser and emerging scholar. She founded the local collective Free Palestine Coalition Naarm and is an active member of Islamophobia Observer Australia, The Institute of Postcolonial Studies, NTEU Monash and Unionists for Palestine. Her PhD in Education explores Muslim youth political subjectivities and imaginaries. Tasnim’s family was exiled to Gaza from Yaffa during the Nakba. Her father was born in Gaza, where his cousins still reside.
Scheherazade Bloul (chair) – Scholar-activist, researcher, and community journalist. Her work interrogates digital-colonial relations and postcolonial transnational activism, focusing on Morocco and its diasporas. She is a presenter at 3CR Radio and a member of the IPCS working group as well as MEAA and NTEU for Palestine groups.

The talk follows on from IPCS’ event last year , when we, together with Palestinian journalist Ramzy Baroud, discussed the importance of courageous writing and the limits imposed by liberal and settler institutions. Join us as we explore the significance of public commentary and of speaking truth under colonial occupation.

After the event, stay for tea and informal conversation with each other and our community.

RSVP here.

This event at the Institute of Postcolonial Studies collaborates with the Australian-Western Saharan Association.

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Date: 13 June 2024
Time: 6:00 pm - Location: 80 Curzon St, North Melbourne

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