Michael Riordon

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26. Gaza Island: the video

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John Greyson is one of 32 Canadian peace and human rights activists who’ll be on our boat to Gaza.  They will be joined on the Tahrir by a contingent from Australia, to embark from a port in Europe.

John reports that 12+ boats and 1000+ people from many countries will form the Freedom Flotilla, bound for besieged Gaza.

John Greyson is an internationally acclaimed film/video-maker (Zero Patience, Lilies, and Proteus among others), a teacher, and a queer activist.

This morning he completed work on a new video, Gaza Island.  You can see the world premiere:

On vimeo, here

Or on youtube, here.

Shortly before departure, John Greyson writes:

“Rest assured, despite all the hysteria and misinfo in the press, our boat is carrying nothing but medical aid, and we’re 100% committed to peaceful, non-violent action. Sure I’m nervous — we all remember what happened with the Mavi Marmara last year, when nine Turkish activists were killed by Israeli commandos  — but I feel very honoured (and safe), travelling with an incredible, diverse group of longtime peace activists from across the country — some of whom are featured in the video.

“I’ll be pretty hard to reach in the days and weeks to come — but there will be regular daily (sometimes hourly) updates on our website —  it’ll probably prove to be an indispensible counter-balance to the no-doubt hysterical and innaccurate info that’s gonna get published in the mainstream press.”

Bon voyage.

Author: Michael Riordon

Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/ directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio and stage. A primary goal of his work is to recover voices and stories of people who have been silenced or marginalized, written out of the official version: First Nations (aboriginal) youth, Mozambican farmers, inmates in Canadian prisons, traditional healers in Fiji, queer folk across Canada, Guatemalan labour activists. Michael also leads courses, workshops and seminars for community organizations, trade unions, schools, colleges and universities.

One thought on “26. Gaza Island: the video

  1. I am grateful for these posts Michael. If I was to depend on our local media or even our national media, I would be completely in the dark re the courageous work these peace workers are doing.


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