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“Men on the Edge: Fishermen’s Diary,” Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival

November 16, 2006 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm EST

A documentary by Israeli filmmakers Avner Faingulernt and Macabit Abramzon Men on the Edge: Fishermen’s Diary (2005) is set on an isolated and abandoned beach at the border between Gaza and Israel. Here, against all odds, Israeli and Palestinian fishermen lived and fished together from 1999 to 2003. The Palestinians were teaching the Israelis ancient fishing techniques passed down from one generation to the next. In turn, the Israelis, by their presence, were enabling the Palestinians to continue to fish in Israeli waters. The film intimately and beautifully documents these four crucial years in the lives of this eclectic group of men from warring cultures. These men are brought together by their shared work and the natural threats they face each day in the open sea. Ultimately, the greatest obstacle the fishermen face is not the harshness of nature, but the pressures of politics and the fighting surrounding their enclave. Part of the Human Rights Watch Traveling Festival which will have screenings on November 14th, 15th, and 16th, 2006.

The Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival is presented with the Department of the Arts at RPI and Women Against War.

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