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Oakland Live Premiere Event

June 25, 2024

Screening in Oakland CA
with Dr. Gabor Maté, Ashira Darwish and the Directors

Evening Show Sold Out
 Matinee 3:30 pm Register Below

June 25

3:30 – 6:30 pm

Grand Lake Theater
3200 Grand Avenue, Oakland CA

A live film screening, plus a conversation with Dr. Gabor Maté, Ashira Darwish and the film directors,
with live music from Hashem Abdel-Hadi.

Your contribution supports planting olive trees in Palestine with Treedom for Palestine, humanitarian aid in Gaza
with Middle East Children Alliance and trauma healing in Palestinian communities with Catharsis Holistic Healing.

It will also help us bring the movie to larger audiences and broaden the understanding of the situation in Palestine,
along with the cycles of trauma that perpetuate it.


Ashira Darwish

Activist, Journalist & Teacher

Ashira Ali Darwish worked for 15 years as a TV & Radio journalist and researcher in Palestine for the BBC, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. She is the founder of Catharsis Holistic Healing, a trauma therapy project pioneering a type of Sufi active meditation which draws its roots from ancestral and Indigenous knowledge. Her personal healing journey from full body paralysis with a severed spinal cord in 2012 has given her a deep insight into the process of recovery and healing. In 2021, she received the “ISABS Honours” from the Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Science for her contribution to positive societal transformation.

Dr. Gabor Maté

Speaker & Bestselling Author

Gabor Maté MD is a specialist on trauma, addiction, stress and childhood development. After 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, Dr. Maté worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. For his groundbreaking medical work and writings, he was awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown Vancouver. Gabor also created the Compassionate Inquiry™ psychotherapeutic approach, now studied by thousands of physicians, therapists and counselors in over 80 countries.

Zaya Benazzo

producer / director

Zaya Ralitza Benazzo is a producer and a film director born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria. She is the co-founder of the nonprofit organization SAND. She has produced and directed several award-winning documentaries including The Wisdom of Trauma, The Art of Life, Rays of the Absolute, America’s Chemical Angels, and Wings and Strings.

Maurizio Benazzo

Director / Producer

Maurizio grew up in Genova, Italy. At an early age he began actively traveling the spiritual path, exploring the practices of Zen Buddhism, Transcendental Meditation, Yogic philosophy, Catholicism and Philosophy. He has experience in all aspects of production both in front of and behind the camera, including acting, directing, cinematography, and distribution.

Hashem Abdel-Hadi


Music has the power to transport us to another time and place. I love harnessing that power with fellow music lovers and passionate musicians alike.  Since I was young, I found great joy and satisfaction in playing music and sharing it with family, friends, and fans around the world.


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