Imagine that you had been switched at birth with a baby from another family...and just found out...
The Levantine Cultural Center will present the feature film The Other Son at the Laguna Hills Community Center on Thurs.., May 23, 7:00 pm. The Other Son is an unusually provocative "switched at birth" tale that captures the essence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. French director Lorraine Levy presides over an excellent international cast (the film is in Arabic, Hebrew, French and English with subtitles) that effectively conveys all the emotion wrought from the pain and joys of family drama. The screening will be followed by a public conversation with filmmaker-educator Mildred Lewis (bio follows below). Light refreshments will be served. This screening is consponsored by Ms. Bana Hilal, Souhail Toubia, MD, the Council on American Islamic Relations of Greater Los Angeles and the Cousins Club of Orange County.
Jewish Voice for Peace-Los Angeles presents a special Director's Screening of Terje Carlsson's Welcome to Hebron, following up on presentations earlier this year of Carlsson's other award-winning documentary, Israel vs. Israel. This event is the last JVP program of 2012. All are invited, no one turned away for lack of funds. Watch a Jewish Voice for Peace video.
Welcome to Hebron shows how the occupation affects everyday life in Palestine. Leila Sarsour is a student at the Al-Qurtuba-school, a Palestinian high school for girls. The school is surrounded by Israeli military installations and settlements. Leila does not fit the widespread western stereotype of Arab women which characterizes them as weak and victimized. She is strong, intelligent and outspoken. Leila yearns for a daily life free from oppression and violence.
When I was asked to write something about the Rachel Corrie case, I was flattered by the request but was also somewhat daunted by the task. There is so much to say about this case from a professional (legal) and personal perspective. However, this request and your play—Sarah's War—are important reminders that Rachel Corrie continues to live on.
The documenting of Arab American history is still in its infancy stage, despite the fact that Arabs have been immigrating to the United States for centuries. Just this week, on October 17, the Arab American Historical Society held what was its fourth annual conference on the subject at USC.
Following Gregory Orfalea’s 2006 The Arab Americans (Olive Branch Press), New York-based civil rights attorney Alia Malek has written a new volume that merits wide attention. A Country Called Amreeka: Arab Roots, American Stories, presents a range of individuals and families across the country, from the uplifting story of Alabama football hero Ed Salem to the unfortunate saga of Palestinian American Alex Odeh, who was assassinated in Orange County by a bomb blast in his office in 1985. This sad chapter in Arab American history worsened when eight Arab Americans were haunted by the FBI and threatened with deportation (known as the “L.A. 8,” all charges were dropped years later, in the post-9/11 era).
Written and Performed by Iris Bahr, presented by The Lillian Theatre
Dai (enough) takes us into the world of a Tel Aviv café moments before a suicide bombing. The play goes behind the headlines, and puts a human angle on this most emotionally charged of topics. Iris Bahr brings to life eleven different characters that span the ideological and physical spectrum of Israeli society. Alternately hilarious and tragic, Dai immerses the audience into the lives of various colorful characters that enthusiastically share their stories with us, unaware of their imminent fate.
“Bahr has more voices at her command than a symphony orchestra has strings.” —Variety
“Bahr demonstrates that smarts, talent and dramatic focus are a potent combination…the lady has more identities and accents than a cloned Meryl Streep…Wickedly funny…” —Daily News