By Juliana Maio
During her recent talk at UCLA, Lucette Lagnado, an investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal, expressed nostalgia for a lost world as she discussed her memoirs about her family's life in Egypt and subsequent exile in America.
This is the first working committee meeting and leadership dinner of the new Los Angeles-Tehran "World Cities" Online Dialogue.
Only the first 25 to RSVP will be seated. A delicious Middle Eastern buffet will be served. RSVPS to 310.657.5511. No reservations will be accepted via email. Calls only.
Levantine Cultural Center in association with The Writing StudioTM offers ongoing classes in creative writing, autobiography, memoir and fiction, with Elana Golden.
Every Saturday except the 4th Saturday in the month
CLASS CAN BE JOINED AT ANY TIME, SIGN UP FOR A SET OF FOUR CLASSES.
2:15 - 5:15 PM
At Levantine Cultural Center, 5998 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
$120 for four (4) consecutive classes paid in advance
Suitable for new and experienced writers - limited to 10 participants
In each class, participants write and read in the group in an atmosphere of respect and artistic passion. The skills of creative writing are taught and explored, as well as methods to put aside the critical mind and free the writer's personal voice.
This is an exclusive screening of Sami Shalom Chetrit's latest film, the story of the filmmaker's journey with his mother Yakut ("pearl" in Arabic) as she searches Israel for her elementary school classmates from the elementary school, Alliance, which she attended 60 years ago in the little village of Gurama in the Tafilalt region of Morocco. Through tales of past and present, transition, cultural crisis, and survival, Morocco is retold by women who were among the first generation of emigrants to Israel. The film is in Moroccan, Hebrew and French with English subtitles.
The director will be in attendance and a short Q and A will follow.
Script and Director: Sami Shalom Chetrit
Producer: Haim Bouzaglo Production LTD
Cinematography: Philippe Bellaiche
Editor: Eli Hamo Soundtrack: Ilan Ben Ami, Yossi Appelbaum
Music: Ilan Ben Ami
Singing: Niva Ben Simon
Hisham Sharabi. Embers and Ashes: Memoirs of an Arab Intellectual. Translated by Issa J. Boullata. Northampton, MA: Olive Branch Press, 2008.186 pages. Paper $15.00.
THE 1967 WAR TRIGGERED a frantic Arab-American rush to organize and to challenge the mendacious Zionist narrative. The community intellectuals formed the Association of Arab-American University Graduates (AAUG) and pursued a program of scholarly analyses which challenged Zionist accounts. I served on the AAUG Board with Sharabi among others. He was quiet-spoken and verbally economic in his interaction with others but clearly politically committed and intellectually accomplished. He was a complex personality, confounding friends and enemies alike with his sphinx-like manner. His memoirs go far in revealing and clarifying his persona.
THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE
Saturdays July 18th, August 1st, 8th and 15th, 1:30 - 4:30 PM
Whether you and/or your family immigrated by choice, were exiled or displaced as a result of war, revolution or political suppression, you left one life behind and crossed a threshold into a new one. You may be living a life with the body in one place and the heart in another.
The workshop will offer inspiration from literature, art and music to usher you into a story that positions the personal against a historical/ political/ societal background.
Faris Al-Saffar presents new and recent drawings (pen/ink) with an opening reception on Saturday, February 28, 6-9 pm, and a closing reception on March 25, 6-9 pm. Baghdadism runs Feb. 28-March 25, 2009 during regular center hours, Monday-Friday, 10 am-6 pm.
The works include imagery of Baghdad and subjects from Al-Saffar's experience of children's songs, impressions of nature, visits to local mosques and much more. With humor and irreverence the artist captures his city like no other.
Al-Saffar, formerly a civil engineer under Saddam who was forced to work on a secret long-range missile program, fled across Iraqi Republican Guard lines into the hands of Allied Forces during the first Gulf War. He was taken prisoner and spent a year and a half in a Saudi Arabian detainee camp in the desert with over 100,000 other Iraqi POWs, before receiving political asylum in the U.S. in 1993.
From October 24-26 in Hollywood, Arpa International Film Festival will screen 50 films from 21 nations, including Armenia, Australia, Canada, China, Congo, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tobago, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, and Venezuela.
Arpa International Film Festival, which goes green in 2008, is produced by Arpa Foundation for Film, Music, and Art (AFFMA), a non-profit organization dedicated to artists exploring identity, multi-culturalism, war, exile, genocide and global empathy.