Spaces of Exception

Spaces of Exception Directed by Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny, 2019 90 min | in English, Arabic, Diné, and Kanienʼkéha with English subtitles Spaces of Exception observes and juxtaposes the communities and resistance movements on the American Indian reservation and in the Palestinian refugee camp, joining distinct spaces produced by settler colonialism in solidarity as sites of struggle for decolonization and indigenous autonomy. Shot between 2014 to 2017 in Arizona, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Lebanon and the West Bank, the film features interviews with members of Palestinian militant organizations, environmental activists, autonomous youth committees, and the families of political prisoners and martyrs as well as members of the American Indian Movement, the Mohawk Warrior Society, and Diné families resisting displacement on Black Mesa. It highlights the significance of the land – its memory and divisions – and the conditions for life, community, and sovereignty. Filmmaker Matt Peterson will be joined by Professor Hannah Feldman (Northwestern University) for a post-screening discussion. Food will be served!