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Resistance Climbing Film Night

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The Heart & Lava team watched Resistance Climbing during the 2022 tour of Reel Rock 17 and were captured by the storytelling and the continued resistance to oppression expressed by the act of being a Palestinian climber. The film has since won a series of awards including the Best Film, Climbing in Banff this year.

The film is set in the strife-torn hills of Palestine where a diverse crew of Bedouins, activists and urban professionals embraces climbing as a much-needed respite from the burdens of the Israeli occupation. American writer & climber Andrew Bisharat visits the West Bank to explore his own roots and the power of climbing to transform lives.

We are hoping to share this story of the Palestinian Climbers to raise awareness of the oppression they face in their everyday lives and to provide the climbing community on the Gold Coast an opportunity to engage with the film and hear from the climbers in a pre-recorded video.

Light refreshments will be provided as part of the ticket price.

All funds raised through ticket sales will be donated to the Palestine Climbing Association and there will be further fundraising conducted through drink sales (kindly donated by Sobah) and a raffle (prizes to be announced) so don't forget to bring some cash on the night.

The following warning is provided at the beginning of the film for your consideration when booking tickets: This film contains some emotionally intense scenes and brief moments of violence that may not be appropriate for children. Viewer discretion advised

A note on the event: We are not naive enough to believe that the simple act of showing the film and fundraising for the Palestine Climbing Association won't be considered political. In our response to any questions around this, the Heart & Lava team want to highlight our support for a free Palestine and an end to apartheid and the genocide currently being carried out in Gaza, by Israel with support of the US, UK and AUS governments (amongst others). While we recognise we are 'just' an outdoor adventure and retreat company we are also the sum of our parts with expertise in the impacts of modernity and postmodernity, the colonial project, decolonisation and human rights (to name a few), it is this expertise and the values that we hold which mean that for us, staying silent is out of the question. We believe in an inclusive climbing community that stands against injustice and discrimination. We do not tolerate racism, Islamophobia or antisemitism.

Our views are our own and not attributable to any other business who has donated products to the event.

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