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Cast, Crew Screening of ABAN and KHORSHID, Executed for Love

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Date/Time: 
Jul 24 2014 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
All welcome, suggested donation $5-$20
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Seating limited, RSVPs strongly advised, call 323.413.2001
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90035-2657
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
Street parking
Subtitle: 
Co-starring Mojean Aria and Bobby Naderi

LCC with Muslims for Progressive Values presents a special cast & crew screening of the short ABAN & KHORSHID, the story of two lovers in Tehran.

Women Filming Women in the Middle East

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Date/Time: 
Apr 24 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
$15 general, $10 members/students
RSVPs strongly advised: 323.413.2001
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Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
a film arts forum with Judith Barry, Julia Meltzer and Sarah Gualtieri

Two American filmmakers/artists talk about the challenges and rewards of making films about women living their daily lives in Cairo and Damascus. Each of the films, made in very different styles, chronicle a period right before Egypt and Syria were gripped by revolutionary turmoil. Short clips from each film will be shown in advance of the discussion. The participants include artist Judith Barry on Cairo Stories (Egypt) (info-duration) and director Julia Meltzer on The Light in Her Eyes (Syria, Info-duration, co-directed with Laura Nix), with moderator Sarah Gualtieri, author of Between Arab and White: Race and Ethnicity in the Early Syrian American Diaspora and Director of the Middle East Studies Program at USC. Seating is limited, tickets are $15, $10 students/members. Watch The Light in Her Eyes trailer here.

Pre-Oscar Screening of Nabil Ayouch's "Horses of God"

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Date/Time: 
Dec 10 2013 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
Free by invitation only; director's screening
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send your rsvp to rsvp@levantinecenter.org
Where: 
Raleigh Studios, Chaplin Theatre
Melrose and Bronson
LA 90038
Enter at Van Ness Gate, 655 N. Van Ness just south of Melrose
Street parking or lot, $5
Subtitle: 
director's screening with Nabil Ayouch, followed by Q & A

Jonathan Demme, Les Filmes Du Nouveau Monde and the Levantine Cultural Center's New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema series present a special screening of Nabil Ayouch's HORSES OF GOD in advance of the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Members and Levantine supporters are invited to attend at Raleigh Studios, Chaplin Theatre.

HORSES OF GOD, a film by Nabil Ayouch, is inspired by the novel The Stars of Sidi Moumen by Mahi Binebine. It is Morocco's official entry for the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Nabil Ayouch is among Morocco's top contemporary filmmakers. Read more in Variety.

Heroes of the Middle East Mural, 99 Cultural Icons

Subtitle: 
a mural project including life-size portraits of all the greats

We are raising funds for our project "Heroes of the Middle East & North Africa." This initiative proposes to create a large mural depicting cultural icons such as Rumi, Khalil Gibran, Fairuz, Naguib Mahfouz and other poets, writers, filmmakers, musicians and artists who are symbols of peace through the arts.

The "Heroes" mural is an educational experience and an anti-war statement that intends to humanize the Middle East and North Africa, following on the heels of the Arab Spring. The mural will be completed early in 2014 and will grace the wall of the Levantine Cultural Center in Los Angeles. 

Hany Abu-Assad's "Omar" at the Chinese Theatre

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Date/Time: 
Nov 10 2013 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public
also plays at the Chinese on Monday, Nov. 11, 10 pm
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Where: 
TCL Chinese Theatres
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood CA 90028
Subtitle: 
the new film from the director of the Golden Globe winner, "Paradise Now"

The AFI Fest 2013 presented by Audi and the Levantine Cultural Center offer two special screenings of Hany Abu-Abbad's latest feature, after The Courier and Paradise Now. (Sun., 4 pm, Nov. 10; Mon, 10 pm, Nov. 11 at the TCL Chinese Theatre.) Omar is not afraid to climb over the Israeli walls in Palestine using surreptitious rope ladders; having sniper fire whiz past his head is a part of daily life for Omar and his best friend, Tarek. Ironically, the most dangerous thing in Omar's life is the fact that he's in love with Nadia, Tarek's sister.

When military intelligence investigates the death of a checkpoint patrolman, they realize that Omar's relationship can be used to leverage information. From this tale of hidden love comes an intense portrait of life in the West Bank. Director Hany Abu-Assad throws these characters into a world of dangerous loyalties and betrayals where something as simple as young love can be exploited. OMAR is a drama that reveals Assad's compassionate view of life, empathizing deeply with human beings trapped in circumstances beyond their control.

Arab Film Festival in Los Angeles, Oct. 18-20

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Date/Time: 
Oct 18 2013 11:30pm - Oct 20 2013 9:30pm
Price: 
$12 general admission
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Where: 
Harmony Gold Theatre
7655 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90046
northwest corner of Sunset & Stanley
free underground and rear lot parking
Subtitle: 
films broaden conversation on Arab culture, identity

The 17th Annual Arab Film Festival (AFF) opens in Los Angeles on October 18, 2013 at the Harmony Gold Theatre with When Monaliza Smiled as the spotlight film. The festival also features Detroit Unleaded, Casablana Mon Amour, Mars at Sunrise and They Were Promised the Sea, among ten additional titles.

The Arab Film Festival is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the country. The festival has an international standing and is considered one of the most important Arab film festivals outside the Arab world. It strives to present the best contemporary films that provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity of the Arab world alongside realistic perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history and politics.

"They Were Promised the Sea" & Q/A with Director Kathy Wazana

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Date/Time: 
Oct 19 2013 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Price: 
$12 general admission
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Where: 
Harmony Gold Theatre
7655 W. Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood CA 90046
Northwest corner of Sunset and Stanley
underground and rear lot parking
Subtitle: 
Arab Film Festival presents the documentary on Morocco's Jews

The Arab Film Festival presents a documentary that explores the stories of the Arab Jews of Morocco. With They Were Promised the Sea, filmmaker Kathy Wazana set out to discover why hundreds of thousands of Jews left Morocco in the 1960s, believing their Arab homeland had become enemy territory. What she found was a country still grieving the loss of its Jewish population. Her "enemy" welcomed her home and claimed her as one of their own.

They Were Promised the Sea is an intimate journey shot in Morocco, Israel-Palestine, and New York. Kathy's research into her family origins in Morocco unleashed a complex web of questions about dual identity, political opportunism, and the challenges faced by those torn between Homeland and Promised Land.

Diyar Dance Theatre and VIP Brunch at the Irvine Barclay

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Date/Time: 
Oct 6 2013 11:30am - 2:30pm
Price: 
$100 VIP Patron, $35 Premium, $25 General Admission, $18 Students
For festival passes and VIP passes
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Where: 
Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive
Irvine CA 92612
949.854.4646
Subtitle: 
a day in celebration of Palestinian culture, a day for art peace

A Celebration of Palestinian Culture presents matinee (11:30 am VIP brunch and 1:30 pm dance performance) by the Bethlehem-based dance company,  Keywords:

Diyar Dance Theatre & DAM Hip Hop Celebrate Palestinian Culture

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Oct 5 2013 2:30pm - 10:00pm
Price: 
Tickets $35 Patron of the Arts (early priority seating); $25 General Admission; $18 Students with I.D. The Celebrate Palestine Pass, an all-events pass, is $100
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Where: 
Harmony Gold Theatre
7655 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90046
Underground, rear lot & street parking (read signs).

A Celebration of Palestinian Culture presents matinee (2:30-5:30 pm) and evening (6:30-10:30 pm) performances by the Bethlehem-based dance company, Diyar Dance Theatre, in its Southern California debut, offering a colorful fusion of traditional debke, ballet and theatrical dance moves. And the Lyd/Lod-based hip hop trio DAM, now the hottest group of rappers in the Middle East, makes a special return engagement (9:30 pm), with film screenings and conversation (3:30-5:30 pm). A reception for the evening, 6:30, all taking place at the Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90046. The Diyar Dance Theatre includes up to 40 talented, enthusiastic and committed dancers, both male and female of different age groups and backgrounds; DAM is a household name in the Middle East.

Film Schedule: 3:30 pm, The Stones Cry Out, dir. Yasmine Perni ('55). 4:39 pm, It's Better to Jump (80'), dir. Patrick Stewart, Mouna Stewart, Gina M. Angelone. (More below.)

Matinee tickets $25 Patron of the Arts (early priority seating), $12 and $6 students, Schedule 2:30-6:00 pm (Diyar matinee plus movies). Evening tickets $35 Patron of the Arts (early priority seating); $25 General Admission; $18 Students with I.D. Schedule for evening: 6:30 reception, 8:00 pm Diyar evening show and DAM 9:30-11:00 pm. The Celebrate Palestine Pass, an all-events pass, is $100, and includes a seat at each event in Los Angeles, or in Irvine. Available online or by phone from the Levantine Cultural Center, 323.413.2001. Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90046. Free underground, rear lot parking and street parking (read posted signs).
 
Listen to DAM on Soundcloud. Watch/listen to this stunning track, "If I Could Go Back in Time," featuring Amal Murkus Click below to watch a Diyar video. 

Palestinian Women in Film, Directors' Screenings

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Oct 3 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
includes reception
$25 Patron of the Arts (early and priority seating)
$12 General Admission
$6 Students
Celebrate Palestine All-Events Pass (L.A. OR O.C.), $100
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Where: 
Harmony Gold Theatre
7655 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90046
Underground, rear lot & street parking (read signs).
Subtitle: 
A Celebration of Palestinian Culture

A Celebration of Palestinian Culture presents an evening devoted to Palestinian women in film. Yasmine Perni's The Stones Cry Out tells the story of Palestinian Christians, while Mahasen Nasser-Eldin's documentary, Restored Pictures, explores the life of one of historic Palestine's first female photographers. Following the screenings, a panel will discuss filmmaking and what the playing field currently looks like, on both sides of the Green Line, for Arab women filmmakers. 

Palestinian Women in Film: Directors' Screenings with Mahasen Nasser-Eldin & Yasmine PerniPalestinian Women in Film: Directors' Screenings with Mahasen Nasser-Eldin & Yasmine Perni 

In Restored Pictures we travel in this documentary between Bethlehem, Haifa and Nazareth to explore the life of Karimeh Abbud—the first female photographer in pre-1948 Palestine. Born in Bethlehem in 1894, Karimeh rapidly rose to prominence in a traditionally male-dominated profession after receiving her first camera as a teenager. Her photos are important historical records of life in Palestine in the early 1900s. Following the screening, director Mahasen Nasser-Eldin appears live in conversation with Yasmine Perni at the Harmony Gold Theatre.

With The Stones Cry Out we begin to understand that all too often media coverage of the conflict in Palestine has framed it as a fight between Muslims and Jews, largely ignoring the fact that Palestine was the birthplace of Christianity, that Palestinians are both Muslims and Christians, and that Palestinian Christians have played a critical role in their land's history and the struggle to maintain its identity.