Javed Jabbar is a distinguished Pakistani author, filmmaker and activist.
When it was released (barely) in theaters last year, Eyad Zahra's film "The Taqwacores" met with reviews that were tepid at best. I missed the film in that go-round but caught it on DVD (just released), and as usual found myself disagreeing with mainstream critics.
MIDDLE EAST CENTER LOOKS AT IRAQ, MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT THROUGH THE LENS OF THEATRE IN PUBLIC CONVERSATIONS/PERFORMANCES JUNE 17
For Immediate Release [Los Angeles, May 23, 2011] As a topic of conversation, Iraq typically conjures up images of war and the U.S. military occupation that began in March 2003. Rarely do Americans have an opportunity to learn about the long history of theatre in Iraq, nor about theatre arts throughout the Middle East. Where can Americans learn more about Iraqi and Middle Eastern theatre and how it can bridge our cultural differences? On Friday, June 17, 7pm, the Levantine Cultural Center will present FROM BABYLON TO HOLLYWOOD: How Theatre Bridges the U.S. and the Middle East, an evening of performances, readings and conversation devoted to Iraq and theatre within the Arab/Muslim World. The evening is co-presented by Golden Thread Productions of San Francisco and Theatre Without Borders.
On Friday, June 17, the Levantine Cultural Center will present FROM BABYLON TO HOLLYWOOD: How Theatre Bridges the U.S. and the Middle East, an evening of performances, readings and conversation devoted to Iraq and theatre from/to the Arab/Muslim World. The evening is co-presented by Golden Thread Productions of San Francisco and Theatre Without Borders.
On Saturday, March 19, Women's Voices Now presents the final day of the Women's Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival. The event will include screenings of a multitude of amazing and empowering films along with roundtable discussions and a book reading and signing. Topics include: girls in the Muslim world, health taboos in the Middle East, and women at work, among others. The event will wrap up with an awards ceremony and closing benefit.
Women's Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival presents a collection of voices from women of all faiths living in Muslim-majority countries and Muslim women living as minorities around the world that fills the void in information created by traditional news, media and art sources.
The selection includes many never-before-seen films from women filmmakers in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.
Reviewed by Jawad Ali
DOCUMENTARY QUESTIONS WHETHER LIVES OF AFGHAN WOMEN HAVE IMPROVED SINCE THE FALL OF THE TALIBAN
What: Screening and discussion of documentary View from a Grain of Sand
When: November 18 2010, 8:00pm-9:30pm
Price: Free to the public, donations welcome
Where: Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd Los Angeles CA 90035
Between Fairfax and La Cienega (ample street parking)
"'Gripping.' Nanji narrates this history with clarity and passion. Insightful, often heart-wrenching account of trauma, war and rights abuses." -LA Weekly
[Los Angeles, CA October 26] While the media tends to paint a rosy picture of the condition of the women's lives in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban, View from a Grain of Sand gives the stark reality through the eyes of the women themselves. Through her exclusive footage, interviews and archival material, filmmaker Meena Nanji is able to provide illuminating context for Afghanistan's current situation and the ongoing battle women face, even in a post-Taliban state, to gain basic human rights.