Sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine - Hampshire College
The play is intended to be a tool of campus and community activism in particular for activists resisting state violence against against Palestinians in Israel/Palestine, and against Black Americans here in the U.S.
As the Second Intifada erupted in the West Bank and Gaza, demonstrations also began in Palestinian villages and towns inside Israel. In October 2000, Israeli forces killed thirteen unarmed Palestinians in these demonstrations.
The youngest of those killed was a 17-year old boy named Aseel Asleh. Aseel was shot point blank in the neck by Israeli police while nonviolently demonstrating outside his village.
There Is A Field is a documentary-style play about Aseel’s life and his killing, told from the perspective of his older sister, Nardeen. Through Nardeen’s struggle to cope with the murder of her brother, the play also addresses the larger struggle facing Palestinians inside Israel
Based on interviews and primary sources collected over 15 years, the play offers a uniquely personal lens for understanding inequality as the root of state violence and impunity.