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"It's Better to Jump" Directors' Screening of Palestinian stories, Mission Viejo

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Oct 3 2013 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
$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
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Mission Viejo's Norm Murray Community Center
24932 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo, CA 92692.
Info 949.470.3062
directions: http://cityofmissionviejo.org/DepartmentPage.aspx?id=12478
Subtitle: 
with Patrick Stewart, Gina Angelone, Mouna Stewart

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 Mission Viejo's Norm Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692. Info 949.470.3062. DirectionsAbout the directors.

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
Click here to buy tickets
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
Click here to buy tickets
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. 

"Under the Same Sun"—Futuristic Palestinian Israeli Drama

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Oct 2 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
$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 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. 

images from "Under the Same Sun" (2013)images from "Under the Same Sun" (2013)


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.

"It's Better to Jump" Directors' Screening, Palestinian stories of Akka

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Oct 1 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
include 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
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Harmony Gold Theatre
7655 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90046
Underground, rear lot & street parking (read signs).
Subtitle: 
with Patrick Stewart, Gina Angelone, Mouna Stewart

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 TheatreAbout the directors.

"We Are Palestine" Exhibition of West Bank Artists, Sept. 30-Nov. 1

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Sep 30 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public, art available for purchase
Refreshments served
Where: 
Inside/Outside Gallery
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035-2657
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
ample street parking
Subtitle: 
16 new works by Muslim and Christian Palestinian artists

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.

Palestinian Arts in the Southland Offer Hope for Peace


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.

Three Opportunities to Experience the Middle East/North Africa in LA in August

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.

Comedy Cabaret with the Sultans of Satire

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Aug 24 2013 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Price: 
Advance RSVPs $25 includes dinner and performance
let us know if you're vegetarian!
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035 Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
Middle East Comic Relief

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.