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Women's Voices Now Short Film Festival March 17-19

WOMEN'S VOICES NOW PRESENTS:
Women's Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival
Opening Night—Hosted by author Christina Asquith,
Honors "Women Warriors"—Lara Logan, Neda Agha-Soltan and Roxana Saberi
Charity Auction featuring the work of Shephard Fairey
Los Angeles Film School, March 17-19, 2011 in Hollywood, California

February 2011 Poetry Selection: Khaled Mattawa's "Tocqueville"

Subtitle: 
an amalgamation of verse, prose, dialogue and quotes that pans across a tragic political and historical landscape

While browsing the book fair at AWP (the Association of Writers Program) in Washington D.C. this month, I came across Khaled Mattawa's recent book of poems, Tocqueville. I've always been a big fan of his poetry and translations, particularly his beautiful renderings of the Iraqi poet, Saadi Youssef—whose work I plan to (re)introduce to you later this year.

Winners and Losers in the Post-Mubarak Arab World

Subtitle: 
After a 30-year regime backed by the United States, what's next for the Middle East?
By Yousef Munayyer The Palestine Center


Thirty years ago the Soviet Union was at the beginning of a long campaign in Afghanistan, the average person was lucky to have an advanced recording technology called a "VHS tape," and Mohammad Hosni Mubarak took control of Egypt, the most populous nation in the Arab Middle East. This week, the last of these beginnings came to an end when millions of Egyptian protestors succeeded in toppling one of the longest standing rulers in the 5,000-year history of Egypt.

Free Tunisia Culture Jam explores the Jasmine Revolution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [Los Angeles, Feb. 14, 2011] The Levantine Cultural Center and the Free Tunisia Organization will present the Free Tunisia Culture Jam, devoted to exploring the Jasmine Revolution, on March 2, 2011, 7:30-10:00 pm at the Levantine Center, 5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90035.

The Art of Identity and Collage Free Workshop

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [Los Angeles, Feb. 14, 2011] The Levantine Cultural Center and Folk Art Everywhere will give a free arts workshop on Feb. 26, 2011 from 2-4:00 pm at the Levantine Center, 5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90035.

Women’s Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Mar 18 2011 4:30pm - Mar 19 2011 10:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public. Light snacks and cash bar available.
Where: 
L.A. Film School
6363 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles 90028
877.952.3456
Subtitle: 
Many new short films have never been seen in the West

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.

Contemporary Middle Eastern Cinema Weekend at USC

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Mar 4 2011 7:00pm - Mar 6 2011 10:30pm
Price: 
Free to the public, electronic reservations required
Click here to RSVP
Where: 
USC's Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, School of Cinematic Arts
900 West 34th Street
Los Angeles CA 90089
Info 213.740.2804
Subtitle: 
a three-day screening series with post-film discussions
Rachid Bouchareb's "Outside the Law": nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category this yearRachid Bouchareb's "Outside the Law": nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category this yearUSC's School of Cinematic Arts and Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative, along with the Arab Film Festival present this three-day Visions & Voices film symposium, from Friday, March 4th through Sunday, March 6th, 2011. Films to be screened include Rachid Bouchareb's Outside the Law (right) and features such as Caramel, Masquerades, Persepolis and Son of Babylon.


Free admission, open to all. However, electronic reservations are required for all screenings. RSVP here.

About the Festival

This three-day film festival will present and explore a panorama of emerging and established cinemas from the Middle East, including recent works from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Iran. The festival will highlight unifying themes in Middle Eastern cinemas, as well as delineate the complex role that filmmakers play in granting visibility to salient political and civil rights issues, often at odds with the political establishment. Filmmakers and scholars will discuss the ability for cinema to be used as a vehicle for mobilizing social change and how these films reflect and respond to their domestic cultures.

Free Tunisia Culture Jam

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Mar 2 2011 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10-$20/up on behalf of Free Tunisia
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
between La Cienega and Fairfax
ample street parking
Subtitle: 
Art, music and a public forum on the Tunisian uprising that sparked the Egyptian revolution

Tunisian crowd, the Facebook RevolutionTunisian crowd, the Facebook RevolutionThe Levantine Cultural Center and FreeTunisia.org present a culture jam devoted to exploring the Jasmine Revolution.

The so-called Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia, which ousted Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, lasted 28 days. Mubarak's regime crashed in just 18 days after thousands of Egyptians connected on Facebook began their vigil to oust him.

I Heart Hamas Benefit Performance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [Los Angeles, Feb 9, 2011] A benefit performance of I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I'm Afraid to Tell You, followed by a talkback with Jennifer Jajeh and an open bar, takes place on Saturday, Feb 26, 8-9:30 pm, at Theatre Asylum, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90038. This performance is limited to 40 people and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Levantine Cultural Center's monthly series, Progressive Conversations on Israel/Palestine and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East.

"I Heart Hamas" Stars Jennifer Jajeh

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Feb 26 2011 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
$40 per person, a Levantine Cultural Center benefit performance
includes talkback and post-show open bar
seating extremely limited, advance purchase required
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Theatre Asylum
6320 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90038
Subtitle: 
Benefit Performance for the Levantine Cultural Center of the one-woman show that has been a hit in San Francisco, Chicago and Minneapolis following its New York debut

A limited number of individuals (40 max) will be able to attend this special benefit performance of I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I'm Afraid to Tell You, followed by a talkback with Jennifer Jajeh and an open bar. (A portion of the proceeds benefits the LCC's monthly series, Progressive Conversations on Israel/Palestine and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East.)

"Jennifer Jajeh has an interesting story to tell. Sometimes-humorous, sometimes-disturbing... her discoveries of what life in Ramallah is like for Palestinians may be revelatory for most Americans." —Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune

Jennifer Jajeh in her one-woman showJennifer Jajeh in her one-woman showJennifer Jajeh's tragicomic solo show has already been a hit in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it ran for 12 weeks in the fall of '09, and in Minneapolis and Chicago for six weeks in the spring of last year. Audiences are overwhelmingly receptive to Jennifer's performance, and critics have been enthusiastic. Read reviews.

The Levantine Cultural Center is pleased to cosponsor the play's Los Angeles debut, February 11-March 5 at the Theater Asylum in Hollywood.