The legacy inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaign for civil rights will be commemorated during "Reflections On Resistance," a program by documentary filmmaker and author Jen Marlowe at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Scharmann Theatre on Jamestown Community College.
The program, free and open to the public, is sponsored by JCC's Faculty Student Association and college program committee as well as the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities. The program was originally scheduled for Jan. 22 but was postponed due to inclement weather.
Ms. Marlowe will share examples of the resilience and courage of individuals who have suffered oppression and injustice in the Sudan, Israel, Palestine, and the U.S.
At the conclusion of the program, a dialogue on social activism with participants from JCC and the Jamestown community will be held.
Ms. Marlowe began her professional life using theatre as a platform for students to tell their stories. She lived and worked in Jerusalem from 2000 to 2004, engaging Palestinian and Israeli teenagers in dialogue-based conflict resolution.
While working with youth in Afghanistan, Cyprus, India, Pakistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ms. Marlowe began using a video camera to record messages being exchanged between Israeli and Palestinian youth. Ultimately, she began to explore the idea of how film can be used as both a tool of dialogue and activism.
In 2004, with colleagues Adam Shapiro and Aisha Bain, Ms. Marlowe traveled to northern Darfur and eastern Chad to make the documentary Darfur Diaries: Message From Home. She wrote the accompanying book Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival.
Ms. Marlowe's book, "The Hour of Sunlight," is co-authored with and tells the story of Sami Al Jundi, a Palestinian from the Old City of Jerusalem who spent ten years in Israeli prison for being involved in militant anti-occupation activities as a youth. He has spent the last two decades working toward nonviolence and peaceful reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.
Other projects include her play "There is a Field" which addresses issues faced by Palestinian citizens of Israel, a short documentary film called "One Family in Gaza" profiling a family's experience during and after the 2009 assault on the Gaza Strip, and a book about Troy Davis who was convicted in 1991 for the murder of a police officer, and was executed in Georgia in September 2011 despite an international outcry over his strong case of innocence.
For more information, call JCC at 338-1047.