How much do Americans really know about Iraq and W.’s military adventures there?
While scores of books appeared subsequent to the invasion and occupation that began in March 2003, few Hollywood films and documentaries delved below the surface ("In the Valley of Elah," for example, dealt more with Iraq vets here at home than "over there"). Moreover, since the Occupation, fewer than 250 Iraqi nationals have been allowed to emigrate to the United States with refugee status (while over half a million crowd into Amman, Jordan). And for years, American media was banned from broadcasting or publishing images of body bags or coffins. Somehow, Iraq became remote, filtering through to us in a haze of figures and statistics.
Reviewed by Catherine Batruni
The processes of self-discovery, inner growth, and understanding oneself and the world are only a handful of the numerous intrinsic rewards of traveling. Every so often, something in our hearts stirs us in a kind of epiphany and encourages an abandonment of our monotonous routines. This is exactly what happens to Maliha Masood, author of "Zaatar Days, Henna Nights", when she quits her tech job in Seattle and buys a one-way ticket to the Middle East. She spends approximately a year and a half exploring Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey. What some may find unusual is that a Muslim woman-and an American at that-was sufficiently footloose to brave the Middle East alone.
Arena Productions presents a benefit concert for the documentary “Children of War,” directed by Bryan Single. This evening features a performance by the Element Band followed by DJ Remy as he plays music from around the world.
Silent Auction featuring artwork donated by Vahe Berberian, Vachag, Sev, Farzad Karimi, Upper Playground, Sam Saghatelian, Roobo, Jon Draggonette and Edik Havobian. 100% of proceeds will go towards the release of the feature length documentary “Children of War.”
Filmed in the war zone of northern Uganda, Africa, this is a unique and incandescent documentary which follows the emotional and spiritual journey of a group of former child soldiers as they undergo a process of healing in a rehabilitation center.
Purchase advance tix online here. For more information on the film please log on to www.childrenofwarfilm.com.
Be the Cause presents "Compassion and Expression: Art for Peace," an evening of learning, action and arts that supports international relief organizations working in Gaza. Create, express and give back to those affected, by participating in art activities. Get inspired by live performances.
Faris Al-Saffar presents new and recent drawings (pen/ink) with an opening reception on Saturday, February 28, 6-9 pm, and a closing reception on March 25, 6-9 pm. Baghdadism runs Feb. 28-March 25, 2009 during regular center hours, Monday-Friday, 10 am-6 pm.
The works include imagery of Baghdad and subjects from Al-Saffar's experience of children's songs, impressions of nature, visits to local mosques and much more. With humor and irreverence the artist captures his city like no other.
Al-Saffar, formerly a civil engineer under Saddam who was forced to work on a secret long-range missile program, fled across Iraqi Republican Guard lines into the hands of Allied Forces during the first Gulf War. He was taken prisoner and spent a year and a half in a Saudi Arabian detainee camp in the desert with over 100,000 other Iraqi POWs, before receiving political asylum in the U.S. in 1993.
My early attempts at painting started at a young age and focused on three of my favorite subjects: the human face, the still life, and landscapes. My formal training, however lead me to a degree in interior design from the Lebanese University in Beirut. After receiving my degree, I worked for four years as a designer and consultant. In 1984, I moved to the United States with my family.
I have been known to collect postcards of a particular variety. The typical postcard in my collection is made of paper, measures five and a half inches long by three and a half inches wide, and dates around the first few decades of the twentieth century. All of my postcards depict women of colonial North Africa and the Middle East.