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Maz Jobrani Presents I'm Not a Terrorist, Los Angeles

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Apr 21 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
$12 general, $10 members, $7 students
reservations strongly advised: 323.413.2001
This Event Sold Out As of 4/20/15!
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
But I've Played One on TV

World-renowned comedian and actor Maz Jobrani, explains what it's like to be an Iranian American in Hollywood in his new bestselling book, I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV, a hilarious and moving memoir of growing up Iranian in America, and the quest to make it in Hollywood without having to wear a turban, tote a bomb, or get kicked in the face by Chuck Norris. Following the book release, Jobrani set out on a comedy tour explaining how he overcame Hollywood stereotypes and forged a path to stardom in an industry that only saw him as the perfect TV terrorist. Jobrani is a Levantine cultural ambassador.

Read about the book from Maz Jobrani's POV here.

"Sharia" Cast/Crew Screening with Anouar Smaine

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Date/Time: 
Apr 5 2015 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Price: 
$10, $5 students, seating limited
reservations strongly advised: 323.413.2001
Click here to reserve seats
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
When American and Muslim traditions collide

Sharia, a new film from Algerian American director Anouar Smaine, presents the story of a couple in the United States that is grappling with American perceptions of Islam and the Quran, and a Muslim immigrant's attempt to distance himself from his religious heritage. In Sharia, three worlds collide—American, Arab and Muslim—and no one is ever quite the same. Smaine's film was screened in the Borrego Film Festival and has been accepted into the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Meet the director, discuss the film with cast/crew including Said Faraj, Lauren Byrnes and Mike Batayeh. RSVPs 323.413.2001.

 
In Sharia, Heather and Sofiane are a "mixed" couple—Heather is American, Sofiane is from the Middle East. She sees in him the spiritual change she'd been trying to make in her life for years, just as he sees in her the freedom he'd been longing for since he immigrated to America. But as their journey together begins, their vision diverges and it won't be long before Heather and Sofiane discover that what they've gotten themselves into isn't exactly what they had envisioned, but rather what they'd been trying to get away from.

Lia Tarachansky presents On the Side of the Road

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Nov 5 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10
Levantine café open 6 pm
Limited seating, call 323.413.2001 to RSVP
or send an email to rsvp@levantinecenter.org
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
a former settler makes a documentary about Israelis and the Nakba

On the Side of the Road is an Israeli documentary film written and directed by Lia Tarachansky that focuses on Israeli collective denial of the events of 1948 that led to the country's independence and the Palestinian refugee problem. It follows war veterans Tikva Honig-Parnass and Amnon Noiman as they tackle their denial of their actions in the war. The film also tells the story of the director, an Israeli who grew up in the Ariel settlement in the West Bank, but as an adult began to realize the problems of the Israeli Occupation for the Palestinians. The film was shot over the course of five years and premiered at the First International Independent Film Festival in Tel Aviv. 

Lia Tarachansky follows the transformation of Israeli veterans trying to uncover their denial of the war that changed the region forever. She then turns the camera on herself and travels back to her settlement where that historical erasure gave birth to a new generation, blind and isolated from its surroundings. Attempting to shed a light on the country's biggest taboo, she is met with outrage and violence. 

The filmmaker will introduce the film amd do a Q & A after the screening. This special director's screening with Tarachansky presented by LA Jews for Peace and the Levantine Cultural Center, with support from JVP-LA. New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema with support from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Apr 24 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
$15 general, $10 members/students
RSVPs strongly advised: 323.413.2001
Click here to reserve your seat
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"

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Dec 10 2013 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
Free by invitation only; director's screening
call 323.413.2001
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

Event Details
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

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Oct 18 2013 11:30pm - Oct 20 2013 9:30pm
Price: 
$12 general admission
Click here to buy tickets
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

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Oct 19 2013 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Price: 
$12 general admission
Click here to buy tickets
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.