LCC JOINS L.A. DEPT. OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS, PARTNERS WITH CAL.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSEUM, JAPANESE-AMERICAN CULTURAL & COMMUNITY CENTER
ON NEA'S "THE BIG READ"
The Levantine Cultural Center has long been keen to promote cultural literacy. Beginning in 2002 with the LCC's literary series, Maktub: Writing To/From the Middle East, and our BookGroup, the LCC cares about books, ideas and getting us all to read more. We want to discuss literature and encourage emerging writers, especially when it comes to the subject of the Middle East, North Africa and our communities in diaspora.
We are seeking teenagers who want to read as part of The Big Read project! Deadline to participate is May 15, 2012.
The arts help create a safe space for exploration of potentially difficult issues. The Middle East is the birthplace of our civilization. It is where Judaism, Christianity and Islam-three faiths with much in common-originate. The Middle East is also the primary resource for our energy needs and where we have many strategic partners, from Turkey and Israel to Saudi Arabia.
We saw an early screening of the latest film from writer/director Karin Albou (a progressive French Algerian Jewish filmmaker) and highly recommend "The Wedding Song" or "Le Chante des mariés." The two young women playing Nour and Myriam are both excellent, as are Simon Abkarian and Karin Albou herself. —Editor.
Tunis, 1942. Nour and Myriam, 16, have been friends since childhood. They share the same house in a modest neighborhood where Jews and Muslims live in harmony. Each one secretly desires the other girl's life: while Nour regrets that she doesn't go to school like her friend, Myriam dreams of love. She is envious of Nour's engagement to her cousin Khaled, a sort of fantasy of the charming Arabian prince that they both share. (See trailer below.)