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In the context of fluid and evolving attitudes about refugees and immigrants, we present two stark and immediate documentaries, A White Night and Demonstration in the White City   that illuminate a population that is often hidden in the shadows. This event will start with a gathering (including Rising Tide beer, Vena’s Fizz House non-alcoholic beverages, and Middle Eastern snacks).  Following the showing of the movies, there will be a discussion with Tal Haim Yoffe, the director of A Demonstration in the White City.  Admission for this special event is $15 and includes the reception and a contribution to benefit In Her Presence, a non-profit organization that supports immigrant and refugee populations in Maine.

The Reception begins at 6:00 PM; the film screenings begin at 7:00 pm. Tal Haim Yoffe will talk after the screening of A Demonstration in the White City.


White Night

Documentary / Dir: Irit Gal / 2012 Israel / Arabic, Hebrew w/English subtitles / 47 min

Every night, starting at 2 AM, Arab domestic laborers living in the West Bank risk their lives sneaking through the security barrier to clean houses in Jerusalem. They watch for soldiers and the police who would arrest them, while encouraging and protecting each other on the trail. The documentary is shot hand-held, very much like war correspondence footage, enhancing the sense of danger they feel. The women are extraordinary – determined, strong and fearless, humorous and ironic, on their nightly six-hour scrabble to work menial jobs to feed their families.

“Many touching and even comical moments.” -Jerusalem Post


A Demonstration in the White City

Documentary / Dir: Tal Haim Yoffe / 2015 Israel / Hebrew w/English subtitles / 48 min

This documentary jewel provides an education about Israel’s political and cultural history told in the context of a peaceful demonstration by 10,000 Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers, joined by Israelis, in the “White City,” Tel Aviv— a call for freedom and against deportation and imprisonment.. Director Tal Haim Yoffe narrates in the first person as he films with a hand held camera, wending his way through the city to participate in the protest, capturing streets and monuments reflective of the diverse cultures that have been welcomed to Tel Aviv. This powerful and personal statement reminds us that Jews were once refugees, and abandonment of Israel’s Basic Law to protect human dignity and liberty weakens its national foundation. Following the movie presentation Israeli filmmaker Tal Haim Yoffe will discuss his documentary.


CTN Studio Portland

516 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101


Wednesday, March 22, 6:00pm



Running Time

48 minutes, 58 minutes