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Hampshire College releases documentary on their divestment story

Written by admin  •  Wednesday, 11.08.2010, 11:01

“To Know is Not Enough” (runtime: 30 min)
watch for free online:

A new documentary highlights the story of Divestment at Hampshire College.

In the spring of 2009 news sources the world over reported that Hampshire
College had become the first United States institution of higher learning to
divest holdings from companies benefiting from the military occupation of
Palestine. This victory in the international movement for BDS (Boycott,
Divestment, and Sanctions), was the product of a 3+ year campaign by the
Hampshire college student group, Students for Justice in Palestine. And
though the board agreed to remove those assets involved in the occupation,
the administration contested the political significance of the move and
denied that the divestment was related to the occupation. Nevertheless,
Hampshire’s divestment is considered a significant event in the
still-developing history of the BDS movement.

One year after divestment, Hampshire Students for Justice in Palestine
worked with a student filmmaker to tell the story of their divestment
campaign – the result is a 30 min documentary featuring interviews with a
sampling of SJP’s membership and using footage of past SJP events and
actions. It highlights the student campaign and this campus movement for
Justice in Palestine. The film attempts to show links between SJP’s work and
the history of social responsibility at Hampshire College, as Hampshire was
also the first US School to divest from Apartheid South Africa in 1979.

“To Know is not Enough” is used in reference to Hampshire College’s official
motto (Latin: Non Satis Scire). The school proudly holds this message to
affirm that, as an educational institution, it attempts to reach beyond
‘mere’ knowledge, encouraging students to question accepted understandings
and to put their knowledge to use for the betterment of our world. The story
of SJP and divestment is only one among many student-led campaigns to hold
Hampshire accountable to these founding values, and as part of that enduring
legacy the film carries the school’s official slogan as it’s title: “To Know
is Not Enough, How Hampshire Became the First to Divest”

The film is being released online, free of charge, and a blanket permission
has been issued to hold public screenings of this documentary in any
setting. Students are especially encouraged to use the film to educate and
inspire, and to support many ongoing BDS campaigns happening throughout the
country and world.


–Hampshire College Students for Justice in Palestine

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