[Screening with Director Q&A] “The Native and the Refugee: Palestine, Turtle Island, and Spaces of Exception”
Thu, Feb 01, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Native and the Refugee is a long-term multimedia project by Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny profiling the terrains of the Indian reservation and the Palestinian refugee camp, “spaces of exception” that have become essential in the struggle for decolonization and indigenous autonomy. While the existence of such spaces is the result of settler-colonialism (albeit at different stages) and are repositories for its ongoing violence, they also open up new possibilities for resistance and for conceptualizing existence outside the boundaries of the nation-state.

Since 2014, Peterson and Rasamny have produced more than a dozen films, including the feature length Spaces of Exception, as well as a book, radio program, writings, and lectures. These works are not just documentation of modern life in reservations and refugee camps, but rather political collaborations and re-articulations of sovereignty and identity.

Shot between 2014 to 2017, Spaces of Exception observes and juxtaposes the communities and struggles of the American Indian reservation and the Palestinian refugee camp. It visits reservations in Arizona, New Mexico, New York, and South Dakota, as well camps in Lebanon and the West Bank, “places defined by their historical and spiritual resistance” in order to “understand the conditions for life, community, and sovereignty.” The film compiles interviews with members of the American Indian Movement, the Mohawk Warrior Society, and Diné families resisting displacement on Black Mesa, as well as members of Fatah, Palestinian environmental and media activists, autonomous youth committees, and the families of political prisoners and martyrs.

While the histories are distinct, dispossession and loss unite these communities in solidarity, and the alternating stories highlight both their unique tragedies and their revolutionary commonalities. Mostly eschewing archival footage, Spaces of Exception showcases the present, in which each day lived is itself an act of resistance.

This event is co-hosted by the Mutual Aid Society (Stamford, NY)

dir. Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny, 2019
United States/Lebanon. 90 min.
In English, Arabic, Dine, and Kanienʼkéha with English subtitles.

Doors at 6:00: screening starts at 6:30

$10 Suggested donation
Masks are encouraged and will be available