Cindy and Craig Corrie will be speaking at Evoke Arts and Media, located within Broad Ripple United Methodist Church, 6185 Guilford Avenue, on Saturday, November 23 starting at 6:30 PM. Rachel Corrie, their daughter, was killed in 2003 during a nonviolent direct action protest in Rafah, Gaza. Her plight and case has become internationally known and the event will also include a film screening about her life.
Corrie, from Olympia, Washington, was 23-years old when she was crushed to death by an armored Israeli bulldozer on March 16, 2003. She, a nonviolent activist, and a member of the International Solidarity Movement, was killed trying to protect the home a Palestinian family from demolition.
Since her untimely death, Rachel Corrie’s journals and emails have been published in books, turned into plays and dramatic readings, and a documentary has been made about her life and work. Her family has since started the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, which encourages and supports grassroots efforts in pursuit of human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
The 2009 documentary, Rachel, will also be screened at the event. Directed by Simone Bitton, an award-winning documentary filmmaker who is a citizen of both France and Israel, is an investigation into the circumstances of Rachel Corrie’s death. The film features including eyewitness testimony from activists, soldiers, Israeli Defense Force army spokespersons and physicians, as well as insights from Corrie’s parents, mentors and diaries.
The event is organized by Indianapolis-based Christians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East and donations will be accepted for the organization’s education fund, which was recently created to support Palestinian students who both wish to study in Indianapolis and then return to Israel and Palestine to be peacemakers and advocates of social justice and reconciliation.