A powerful recent documentary, narrated by Alice Walker, makes a reasoned argument comparing the South African apartheid that ended in the 1990s with today's relationships between Jews and non-Jews in Israel and the Occupied Territories. Israelis and Palestinians, controversial foes, two peoples locked in an inescapable relationship. But can Israel be "the only democracy in the Middle East" when rights for Arabs in Israel and the Occupied Territories are unequal? The Levantine Cultural Center presents a one-night only screening of Roadmap to Apartheid, cosponsored by Ms. Bana Hilal, Souhail Toubia, MD, the Council on American Islamic Relations of Greater Los Angeles and the Cousins Club of Orange County. The film will be followed by a public conversation. Light refreshments served. Tickets $10 advance/$8 members, $12 at the door. RSVP to 323.413.2001.
[Los Angeles-MAY 1, 2013] On Friday, May 17, progressive comedienne/actor and activist Roseanne Barr presents "Mideast Masters of Jazz," a progressive be-bop quintet starring sax maniacs Gilad Atzmon and Zane Musa, performing together LIVE for the first time. The event will be hosted at The Mint in Los Angeles, accompanied by some of the best be-bop musicians in Los Angeles. To be sure, jazz as well as rock, heavy metal, hip hop and blues are all-American music originals, but they are genres that are constantly being challenged and reinvented by swingers in the Middle East-by composers, singer-songwriters and musicians who are both natively Middle Eastern but strongly western in their tastes and travels.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SCREENING OF AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY, ROAD MAP TO APARTHEID EXPLORES SOUTH AFRICAN AND ISRAELI APARTHEID
THUR FEB 7, 2013 AT THE LEVANTINE CULTURAL CENTER
[Los Angeles—January 30, 2013] The Levantine Cultural Center and The Friends Of Film Year-Round Festival present a one-night only screening of the multi award-winning documentary, Roadmap to Apartheid, on Thursday, Feb 7th at 7:30pm at the LCC, 5998 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles 90035. The screening is cosponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace-Los Angeles.
A Tuesday evening event took students away from their everyday, campus lives to a contested international relationship: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The event, co-sponsored by USC's Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace-LA and the Levantine Culture Center, featured author and activist Miko Peled, an outspoken critic of Zionism and a firm proponent of peace in the war-ridden region.
Students for Justice in Palestine-USC, with support from Jewish Voice for Peace-Los Angeles and the Levantine Cultural Center, presents Israeli activist Miko Peled, author of The General's Son: An Israeli Journey in Palestine. He will be in conversation with Jordan Elgrably, founding director of the Levantine Cultural Center, at USC's Tutor Campus Center, on Tuesday evening, Oct. 30th, 7 pm. This public forum invites civil discussion of the proposed two-state solution, and Miko Peled's vision of peace for both Palestinians and Israelis. Campus map.
More than 40 films—from features to animated shorts—showed to audiences in five cities in California, including Berkeley and San Francisco. In Los Angeles the festival was cosponsored by the Levantine Cultural Center, a community partner that runs the New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema series, with support in part from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
By Ronit Avni