Note from the Editor: The use of drones to spy on, attack and kill with impunity has become a key American security and privacy issue—particularly since drones are not only in widespread use in the Middle East, but also increasingly being deployed by U.S. law enforcement here at home. On the level of popular culture, a hint of what's brewing can be glimpsed in the new film The Bourne Legacy. For those whose hackles are raised after reading this article, we recommend checking in with the Center for Constitutional Rights and the ACLU, and following the issue online (Counterpunch, Alternet, Truthout).
Don't miss the new reboot of the classic Levantine comedy show! More outrageous, more politically incorrect! Celebrating the 7th anniversary of the Sultans of Satire, the comedians perform at the Levantine Café after recent appearances on the Comedy Central Stage, UC Berkeley and UCLA. This edition of Middle East Comic Relief features Ara Basil, Marie Thérèse Abou-Daoud, Omar Elba, Paul Elia, and Mike Batayeh, with special appearances by Samson Koletkar from the Bay Area and Nasry Malak. The hilarious Peter the Persian headlines! Samson Koletkar videos. Peter the Persian on Persian coolness. Mike Batayeh on the LA experience. Nöel Elgrably in the Sultans of Satire. Omar Elba's latest clip.
Powerful performances by Brenda Blethyn and Sotigui Kouyaté drive this touching film from Rachid Bouchareb, the three-time Academy-Award nominated director of DAYS OF GLORY (Indigènes) and OUTSIDE THE LAW (Hors La Loi). LONDON RIVER, the story of two parents looking for their respective children following the aftermath of the London bus bombings will have its American premiere at NY's Cinema Village on December 7 and at the Laemmle's Royal in Los Angeles with Q & As slated in L.A. on Dec. 16, 17 and 18.
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.