A Celebration of Palestinian Culture presents a directors' screening of Under the Same Sun, a new feature from Sameh Zoabi that imagines what might happen if a Palestinian businessman (Ali Suliman) were to join forces with an Israeli entrepreneur (Yossi Marshak) to build a new solar energy firm serving the needs of Palestinians in the West Bank.
This film is a production of Search for Common Ground, which seeks to transform the way the world deals with conflict—way from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving. Following the screening, director Sameh Zoabi appears live in conversation at the Harmony Gold Theatre.
A Celebration of Palestinian Culture presents a directors' screening of It's Better to Jump, a new documentary about the ancient walled city of Akka (aka Acre) in northern Israel, inhabited by Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Baha'i. Akka's history goes all the way back to rule of the Egyptian Pharaohs. As Akka undergoes harsh economic pressures and vast social change, the present-day situation is causing Arab families to leave the places where they have grown roots for dozens of generations and shaped a rich culture for over a thousand years.
This film focuses on the aspirations and concerns of the Palestinian inhabitants who call the Old City home. Following the screening, co-directors Patrick Stewart, Gina M. Angelone and Mouna Stewart appear live in conversation at the Harmony Gold Theatre. About the directors.
The Inside/Outside Gallery will show a touring Palestinian art exhibition of 16 new works from West Bank artists, with an opening reception Sept. 30, 7-9 pm. Entitled "We Are Palestine," the exhibtion includes paintings, photography and mixed media and will be on display through Nov 1, 2013. Originally titled "Room for Hope," the collection offers an eclectic selection of work by both Christian and Muslim artists from Bethlehem and the surrounding region.
By Jordan Elgrably
It's time for a new vision of what it means to be Palestinian—one that celebrates the nation's creativity, imagination and resourcefulness.
In 2013, Palestinians in Gaza live under siege, with their airport destroyed, no access to international sea lanes, and land entrances controlled by Israel and Egypt. Palestinians in the West Bank hardly fare much better, as they must negotiate hundreds of checkpoints daily to get to work and school. West Bank water resources are controlled by the military government under whose occupation Palestinians live, and they pay double the cost for restricted quantities, to say nothing of the many Jewish settlement blocs interspersed throughout the West Bank provided with military protection, superior roads, and cheap access to water—facts on the ground that make peace improbable.
Report-Back on Syria and Syrian Refugees
Who: Reem Sahali and Faisal Attrache
What: A civil rights lawyer and filmmaker talk about their trips to the region
When: August 22, 2013 7:30-9:30 pm
Where: Levantine Cultural Center 5998 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035
Reservations: 323.413.2001, or online, levantinecenter.org
Attorney Reem Salahi and filmmaker Faisal Attrache join forces to talk about their recent trips to Syria, Jordan and Turkey where they visited with refugees from Syria's uprising. Reem Salahi will report back on her recent trip to northwestern Syria, where she visited camps for internally displaced Syrians, villages in "liberated" Syria including Kafranbel, Saraqeb and Ma'arat Numan (in Idlib province) and local organizations and activists. Faisal Attrache, who is shooting the documentary "Walk-Ins Welcome: Stories of Syrian Refugee Barbers," about Syrian refugees in the Zaatari camp in Jordan, will join the conversation with recent photos and video.
Limited seating for this comedy cabaret that includes a healthy Lebanese dinner (vegetarians welcome, but let us know in advance). We invite you to enjoy a healthy dose of comic relief, come laugh about life and the Middle East with one of L.A's hottest comedy troupes, the Sultans of Satire, in a special performance featuring guest Aron Kader. The Sultans include Marie-Thérèse Abou-Daoud, Mike Batayeh, Nöel Elgrably, Sheno Khal, Mona Shaikh and Omid Singh.
Can you believe it?!
We are just starting our 12th year serving greater Los Angeles. Don Heckman wrote the first LA Times article about us, positively reviewing our first public program, in a Calendar review published June 25, 2001. (We received another thumbs-up review in December 2001 by theatre critic Don Shirley and many more LA Times articles since.)
LA Film Independent with support from the Levantine Cultural Center presents Annemarie Jacir's new feature,When I Saw You (Lamma Shoftak) as part of the International Showcase, on June 14 (Jordan, 2012, 93 mins). The film is in Arabic with English subtitles. (Also screens June 18.)