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The festival continues with five documentary programs on the domestic and professional lives of Arabs in Israel and the occupied territories, aspects seldom seen on our television news. By far the most impressive entry is Claude Roshem-Smith's Elias Chacour: Prophet in His Own Country (2003, 55 min., in French with subtitles), an inspiring portrait of the Melkite priest, author, educator, and social activist who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times. Well-spoken and pragmatic, Chacour fully understands the injustices of history but refuses to be hobbled by the past. He's also wily and hard-headed enough to have circumvented Israeli authorities and built a first-rate high school that successfully integrates Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Druze; more than all the summits, accords, and road maps combined, it may offer the best prospect for peace in a divided land. The video screens Saturday, June 19, at 7:30 PM, along with the American short Planet of the Arabs. All this week's screenings are free and take place at Southwest Youth Collaborative, 6400 S. Kedzie; beginning Friday, June 25, the same five programs will be repeated at Heaven Gallery in Wicker Park. For more information call 312-873-4401 or visit --Andrea Gronvall


A Stone's Throw Away/Rachel's War (Friday, June 18, 7:30)

Deluge/Siege/Children of Ibda'a (Saturday, June 19, 2:30)

Freedom, I Have Lost/Keys (Sunday, June 20, 2:30)

Salt of the Earth (Sunday, June 20, 7:30)

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