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Public Engagement
Part of HUMANSERVE's mandate is to inform the Canadian public about humanitarian aspects of Palestinians and Lebanese in the Middle East.  We also endeavour  to develop mutual ties with all individuals, groups and organizations interested in the humanitarian aspects of disadvantaged populations  in the Middle East.  One of the ways we are able to achieve this goal is to organize public engagement activities and to participate in similar activities sponsored by other groups and organizations.

Public engagement activities link international development activities with community awareness and education in Canada.  By making these links, HUMANSERVE works to facilitate a learning process that will enable Canadians to better understand the nature and importance of global issues.  Through public engagement activities, HUMANSERVE encourages Canadians to:

  • appreciate the importance of global interdependence
  • recognize the ability of people in developing countries to find solutions to their own problems
  • understand the many facets required for sustainable development (environmental, economic, social and cultural development)
  • see the importance of Canadian support for international development
  • become actively involved in international development activities at home and abroad


Upcoming Event

"The Insult" Film Screening

The Insult

Directed by Ziad Doueiri
Written by Joelle Touma, Ziad Doueiri
Starring Adel Karam, Camille Salameh, Kamel El Basha
113 mins | Arabic with Engish subtitles
2018 - Lebanon

In today's Beirut, a civilian dispute blown out of proportion finds Tony (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser (Kamel El Basha), a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court. As the media circus surrounding the case threatens a social explosion in divided Lebanon, Tony and Yasser reconsider their values and beliefs as revelations of trauma complicate their understanding of one another.

The InsultThe 4 screenings of The Insult at the Metro Cinema are presented by Humanserve International, an Edmonton-based NGO that supports Palestinian and Syrian refugees in the Middle East.

$13 for adults | $10 for Seniors/Students | $8 for children (Note: This film has an R rating)

Show Dates/Times:
Friday, March 23/18 - 9:30 pm BUY TICKETS ONLINE
Saturday, March 24 - 7:00 pm BUY TICKETS ONLINE
Sunday, March 25 - 1:00 pm (matinee) BUY TICKETS ONLINE
Tuesday, March 27 - 9:30 pm BUY TICKETS ONLINE

A brief into by Humanserve will proceed the screening. Humanserve board members would love to meet you in the lobby before or after the movie to answer any questions you may have about our organization and our work overseas.  Please consider making a donation to Humanserve that will assist our work that benefits Palestinian and Syrian refugees and disadvantaged Lebanese in the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon.  Your support will also enable Humanserve to continue bringing film and other public engagement initiatives to the Canadian public.  Thank-you.



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2003 - Speaking of War and Peace
HSI President Vanessa Ali was a guest key note speaker at an event hosted by Citizens for Public Justice and KAIROS. Held in Edmonton.
2002 - Global Visions Festival
HSI sponsored
Gaza Strip by filmmaker James Longley, Screened at the Stanley Milner Public Library, Edmonton.
2002 - Emergency Medical Services Under Siege
HSI sponsored a talk by guest speakers
Mr. Younis Al-Khatib, President of the Palestine Red Crescent Society and Shane Dabrowski, Firefighter/Paramedic with the Fort MacMurray Fire Department. Mr. Al-Khatib was not given permission to travel by the Israeli Authorities, so he joined us via live audio-link. Mr. Dabrowski had volunteered for 6 months as an EMS worker with the PRCS in the West Bank, and was the incident commander at the site of the Jenin refugee camp. Event held at the Engineering Teaching and Lecture Centre, U of A, Edmonton. Co-sponsored by the U of A SU Revolutionary Speakers Series.
2002 - Palestine 101
HSI President Vanessa Ali presented a talk and Power Point show on the history of Palestine and current events leading up to the Intifada. Event held in Calgary.
2001 - Live From Palestine
HSI hosted the filmmaker Rashid Masharawi and screened his film
Live From Palestine. We also had a silent auction of Palestinian art and handicrafts. Held at the Stanley Milner Public Library, Edmonton.
2001 - Global Visions Festival
HSI sponsored
Frontiers of Dreams & Fears (Ahlam El-Manfa) by Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri, Screened at the Stanley Milner Public Library, Edmonton.
2001 - Colour the Sky - Free Orient House
members and supporters handed out  RED, BLACK, WHITE and GREEN (colours of the Palestinian flag) balloons with a brief statement attached to passers-by Whyte Avenue, Edmonton.  This local action was mounted in solidarity with Orient House in East Jerusalem which was held under siege by the Israeli Authorities.
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