Death of Distance:
Partition, Palestine, and Parallels Across the Colonial Terrain

A WOW Film Club & Gentle/Radical People’s Symposium

WOW Film Club and Gentle/Radical host their first ‘people’s symposium’ – a gathering open to all, exploring footnotes in our communities’ collective histories and identities.

Sunday 12th November 2017
SKLP Samaj Community Centre
Mardy Street, Grangetown, Cardiff, CF11 6QT

2:00pm – 6:00pm (followed by evening meal)

To buy your ticket, contact Radha Patel at or ring 07539 076680

£15 waged / £10 part-waged / £5 concession Free for asylum seekers

2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India into Pakistan and later Bangladesh. 2017 also marks100 years since the Balfour declaration, the UK government’s official endorsement of support for the creation of a national home for the Jewish people. Partition in 1947 was followed one year later by the Palestinian ‘Nakba’ or ‘Catastrophe’ in 1948.

On Remembrance Sunday, we invite you to commemorate and explore these two historical footnotes in British colonial history.

Our people’s symposium will examine the parallels and differences across these multiple terrains, collectively marked by violent displacement, dispossession from land, and colossal trauma afflicting regions and their inhabitants. Through screenings of rare archival footage, documenting breath-taking imagery of India and Palestine pre ‘47 and ‘48, this event looks at memory, loss and the connected dynamics of imperialism, power and privilege in Palestine, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. If colonialism is what they had in common, then what do they share today?

This is a community-wide event, to include contributions from invited speakers Miko Peled, Amrit Wilson and Samayya Afzal, panel discussion, Q & A. The event is followed by an evening buffet at 6pm (food included in the ticket price). We warmly welcome all, whether knowledgeable about these histories, or wanting to find out more.