Despite the bombs, the silence, the complicity, the dehumanisation, and despite attempts to obliterate their existence, their past and present, Palestinians refuse to disappear, they are here to stay. Being is not premised on a recognition exacted from those implicated in your colonisation and erasure. Rather it is a practice and politics of patience and refusal, of a will to remain and thrive, decade after decade, intifada after intifada.
Refusing to Disappear is a series of decentralised film screenings and discussions that begun in different cities and venues across Belgium to celebrate the rich and beautiful cultural legacy of Palestinian storytelling through films. It is also a program to bear witness, remember, and rage against the Israeli war on Palestine and to move collectively towards liberation, for a life in freedom and dignity for all, from the river to the sea.