Report-Back on Syria and Syrian Refugees
Who: Reem Sahali and Faisal Attrache
What: A civil rights lawyer and filmmaker talk about their trips to the region
When: August 22, 2013 7:30-9:30 pm
Where: Levantine Cultural Center 5998 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035
Reservations: 323.413.2001, or online, levantinecenter.org
Attorney Reem Salahi and filmmaker Faisal Attrache join forces to talk about their recent trips to Syria, Jordan and Turkey where they visited with refugees from Syria's uprising. Reem Salahi will report back on her recent trip to northwestern Syria, where she visited camps for internally displaced Syrians, villages in "liberated" Syria including Kafranbel, Saraqeb and Ma'arat Numan (in Idlib province) and local organizations and activists. Faisal Attrache, who is shooting the documentary "Walk-Ins Welcome: Stories of Syrian Refugee Barbers," about Syrian refugees in the Zaatari camp in Jordan, will join the conversation with recent photos and video.
The Levantine Cultural Center supports the "Walk-Ins Welcome" documentary from young director Faisal Attrache, and we invite you to join us in supporting the project with your tax-deductible contributions and word-of-mouth assistance. Over the course of the last two years, the crisis in Syria has killed over 100,000 people. More than two million people have fled their native land and seek refuge in neighboring countries. As these figures continue to multiply daily, we lose sight of individual suffering, instead absorbed by the sheer, and increasingly abstract, multitude of the crisis.
"Walk-Ins Welcome" is a new documentary project from Faisal Attrache that aims to personalize the struggles of these refugees through a narrative focused on the barbers of the Zaatari camp—the second largest refugee camp in the world, in northern Jordan. Shadowing them throughout their day, Attrache will create portraits not just of nameless refugees, but of individuals. A barber serves customers from all walks of life each day and has his pulse on the community. No matter how difficult the situation gets, a person will always be in need of a haircut. When his customers come for a shave or a haircut, they are engaging in an act of maintaining normality, when life is anything but normal. Visit the web site.
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HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH, LEVANTINE CULTURAL CENTER HOLDS
PUBLIC DISCUSSION COMPARING CONFLICT IN MALI, SYRIA FEB 23, 2013
[Los Angeles—FEB 6., 2013] In honor of Black History Month, the Levantine Cultural Center will hold a public discussion, “Where Do We Go From Here? Answering Dr. King 46 Years Later: Unpacking and Rebuilding Mali and Syria,” featuring African History Professor, David L. Horne and Political Science Professor,ElieChalala on Feb 23 from 2 – 4 p.m.
When you're the chief advocate of a Middle Eastern cultural center—the only one of its kind in Southern California—you're inevitably in the hot seat. Sure enough, just as I was preparing to head off to a national conference of Arab American leaders representing cultural and social organizations around the country, yet another "war" began between Hamas in Gaza and Israel (I insert "war" in quotes because the Palestinians do not have an army, air power or any military force that would technically qualify them to be even a distant match for the Israel Defense Force).
Just as this new battle is heating up, the civil war in Syria, lest we forget, rages on, with its daily toll of victims, mostly civilian, and more than 30,000 dead already. (Our current art exhibition "I Rise" by Syrian painter Fadia Afashe brings that discomfiting reality up close and personal.)
CODEPINK Women for Peace presents an evening of film and discussion with The Suffering Grasses. A year and a half on, with more than 30,000 dead and counting, the ongoing conflict in Syria has become a microcosm for the complicated politics of the region. Against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, this film by Iara Lee (Cultures of Resistance) explores the Syrian civil war through the humanity of the civilians who have been killed, abused, and displaced to the squalor of refugee camps. In all such conflicts, large and small, it is civilians—women and children, families and whole communities—who suffer at the leisure of those in power. Read an op-ed on Syria by Iara Lee. Read a new view of The Suffering Grasses.
The Arab Film Festival (AFF) presents its 16th annual festival in the San Francisco Bay Area and the 6th annual version in Los Angeles, Oct 19-21, once again at the Writers Guild of America Theatre, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills 90211. On Oct. 19th at 8 pm, the opening night centerpiece film is Man Without a Cell Phone. The 8 pm screening is preceded by a VIP reception at 6:30 pm at the Writers Guild Theater of America. Haaz Sleiman, the Lebanese American star of The Visitor and the British mini-series The Promise, will host the opening of the festival.
Directors Julia Meltzer & Laura Nix will present the L.A. premiere of their film (58 minutes, 2012) The Light in Her Eyes, on Thurs., June 14, 7:30 pm (7 pm doors) at the Levantine Cultural Center. The screening includes a panel with Meltzer, Nix Maria Khani and Jennie Pasquarella (ACLU). The film was completed just prior to the beginning of the Syrian uprising after the filmmakers spent time in Damascus. This special screening will benefit MATAR*, a Syrian women's group. Seating limited, RSVP to 323.413.2001.