** This series is co-sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.
Director Tom Hayes, who will be join us for the screening and answer questions afterwards.
Two Blue Lines provides an unswerving examination of the human and political rights situation of Palestinian people living under Israeli rule. The documentary, shot over a period of twenty five years in Israeli occupied Palestinian territory, presents Israeli narratives of the Palestinian experience from the 1930’s to the present. People featured in the film represent B’Tselem, Rabbis for Human Rights, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, Gush Shalom (The Peace Block), Yesh Gvul (There is a Boundary), Machsom Watch (Barrier Watch), and Women In Black. The film concentrates on voices and perspectives that are seldom heard outside of Israel. By Tom Hayes / US / 2015 / 99 mins
Tom Hayes, Lecturer in the Film Division at Ohio University, originally hails from Vermont. He worked his way through film school in the 70s crewing on cargo ships, and working as a drive-in projectionist. Working as a freelance media ninja on commercial productions enabled him to pursue his independent documentary projects. Hayes’s first long form documentary focused on the experience of Cambodian refugees, from their lives in a refugee camp on the Cambodian border, through their first year of resettlement in the U.S. That film, Refugee Road, was broadcast nationwide on PBS. In the early 80s his interest turned from the Cambodian refugee experience to the odd situation of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Weathering the Israeli occupation of Lebanon, and ongoing civil strife, he produced Native Sons: Palestinians in Exile, narrated by Martin Sheen. Once faced with the realities of the Palestinian experience, Hayes became engaged with the issue and continued documenting the human and political rights situation of this human community for decades. The Independent Television Service funded his film, People and The Land, about the role of the United States during the first Palestinian Intifadah. His latest film, Two Blue Lines, integrates footage Hayes began gathering in 1983, up to the present.