If you haven’t already, APAN invites you to join us in writing to SBS in support of their screening of The Promise.
The Promise is a four-part political thriller written and directed by Peter Kosminsky. It depicts a young British woman travelling in modern day Israel and Palestine, and parallels her story with her grandfather’s experience as a British soldier in the same places in the 1940′s. It includes depictions of a number of historical and current injustices against the Palestinian people. The Promise won Best Drama of the year at the One World Media Awards in London last year and was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for the Best Drama Serial. The Promise was screened in Australia over four consecutive Sunday nights by SBS TV in November and December 2011.
Following the screening last year, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry made a formal complaint to SBS about this mini-series, comparing it to Nazi propaganda films in its depiction of Jewish people. Click here for the full text of their complaint. They also released their complaint to the media. Last week, SBS considered the complaint and did not uphold any aspect of it. Click here for SBS’s response.
While the complaint process has been completed at SBS, the political process continues. We expect that the matter will be raised at the Senate Estimates Committee on the 13-14 February. If and when and if that occurs, it will be important for SBS to know the strength of public opinion supporting material that is able to reflect injustices that Palestinian people face. It is also reasonable, given public interest in this documentary, for the mini-series to be aired again.
We ask you therefore to write to SBS and indicate:
* Your congratulations for showing such high quality drama regarding Palestine
* Your thoughts about the depictions of the conflict represented here
* Your request for it to be shown again.
Letters should be sent to Mr Michael Ebeid, Managing Director, SBS, Locked Bag 028, Crows Nest, 1585.
We invite you to read APAN’s letter to SBS
We would also encourage you to order your copy of The Promise as a useful educational tool.
We wish to acknowledge the great work of Australians For Palestine for their extensive work on this campaign already.