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Director Iara Lee on Syria and her documentary "The Suffering Grasses"

Subtitle: 
The 2012 film paints a bleak picture of the civil war wracking the country

Levantine recommends the SEE Fest, May 3-7

Event Details
Date/Time: 
May 3 2012 6:00pm - May 7 2012 11:00pm
Price: 
General Admission $10, Students & Seniors, $5
Festival Pass $75, Student Festival Pass $50
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Goethe-Institut Cinema
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100,
Los Angeles 90036
Underground parking free with validation after 6 pm, and free all day Sat & Sun
Closing night gala May 7 at the UCLA James Bridges Theatre in Melnitz Hall

Levantine Cultural Center recommends the South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles, now in its 7th year.

MENA-X: A Turkish Model for the Arab Spring?

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Nov 17 2011 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public. Donations welcome ($10 general, $5 students suggested) includes light refreshments
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
between La Cienega and Fairfax
ample street parking or in the CVS underground lot
Subtitle: 
Asli Bâli gives a legal and historical perspective
Over the last five years, Turkey has developed a much more active set of policies towards the Middle East.

What's Next for Israel/Palestine, War, Peace or Continued Occupation?

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Feb 5 2011 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10, followed by a donor dinner. RSVP to 310.657.5511
Click here to RSVP with donation
Where: 
Iman Cultural Center
3376 Motor Ave
Los Angeles CA 90034
Info/RSVPs 310.657.5511
Subtitle: 
Israel, Palestine, Turkey and the U.S., a Public Forum with Richard Falk & Jeff Halper

What's Next?What's Next?Indeed, what's next in the stalled quest for peace between Palestinians and Israelis?

Two years after the war on Gaza and nine months after the Gaza Freedom Flotilla fiasco, where are we? What's changed since Israel locked horns with Hamas in Gaza? What is the state of relations between Turkey and Israel today, after Turkish citizens were killed when Israeli commandos raided the "Freedom Flotilla" on its way to Gaza in May of 2010? What can progressives do to support better relations between Israelis/Jews and Palestinians/Arabs who seek a shared future? What does U.S. foreign policy hold for the near future in the region?

Author, speaker and U.N. Special Rapporteur Richard A. Falk and anthropologist/author Jeff Halper, founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), will address these and other issues in a public forum on Saturday, February 5, from 3-6 pm, at the Iman Cultural Center, 3376 Motor Ave in Los Angeles (just north of Palms). A suggested donation of $10 will be requested at the door or can be pledged online by RSVPing to 310.657.5511. (No one turned away for lack of funds.) A special donor dinner will follow to benefit the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. Click here for info/reservations.

The Bard of Hamburg: Fatih Akin's "Soul Kitchen"

Subtitle: 
The German-Turkish director returns with a comedy to lighten things up.
Reviewed by Jordan Elgrably

released by Ifc Filmsreleased by Ifc Films
The films of Fatih Akin caught my attention early on, with his second feature to make it stateside, Head-On (2004). A bleak story of two Turks in Hamburg, the movie signaled the arrival of a new writer/director who was going to give more established German auteurs like Wim Wenders and Tom Tykwer a run for their money. But Fatih Akin was young, Turkish and Muslim—and Head-On explored the underbelly of Turkish life in both Germany and Turkey in a way that was impossible to forget.

The Museum of Innocence

Subtitle: 
The tragedy of love in contemporary Istanbul is the subject of Nobel Prize laureate's latest

David ShashaDavid ShashaReview by David Shasha
 
Back in 1990, English-language readers were introduced to the work of Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk.  With the publication of his brilliant novel The White Castle we got our first glimpse of a truly extraordinary literary talent.  Pamuk’s writing at that time was closely linked to the post-modern historical novels of Italo Calvino, Salman Rushdie, and Umberto Eco whose work hearkened back to the fantastical fictions of Jorge Luis Borges. Such writing took seriously the realities of history, but placed them into new and challenging contexts, creating what the critic Christine Brooke-Rose has called “palimpsest history.”

The Museum of Innocence: your purchase in part benefits Levantine Cultural CenterThe Museum of Innocence: your purchase in part benefits Levantine Cultural CenterIn Pamuk’s White Castle the reader was transported back to Ottoman Turkey in its engagement with the European world. The story broached for the reader many of the themes that would become staples of Pamuk’s writing in the future: The struggle between East and West; the fragile and permeable nature of human identities; the division between economic classes; the weight of tradition and social convention in a modern age; and, most importantly, the tricky status of the Double—that doppelganger that creates inversions and transformations which makes identity confused and unstable. The novel was spare, but elegant; a truly mesmerizing piece of fiction.

The two protagonists in The White Castle become inverted mirror images of one another and eventually change places; the Italian who is captured by the Turk and becomes part of his household at the end of the tale becomes a Turk, the process completing a complex set of arrangements that has been working itself out over the course of the novel. The White Castle was set in a time when the Ottoman Empire was still a going concern and delved into a cultural history that saw Europe and the Muslim world interacting in ways that have today been mostly forgotten.  With the eclipse of the Ottoman Empire at the beginning of the 20th century, an ascendant Europe sought to overrun the Muslim world; a reality that has led us to the many difficulties that we face today.

5th Annual South East European Film Fest April 29-May 3

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Apr 29 2010 7:00pm - May 3 2010 10:00pm
Price: 
$10, $5 students/seniors/Friends of Goethe Institut; festival pass $50
Where: 
Goethe-Institut Cinema
5750 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90036
just east of Curson (between La Brea and Fairfax)
free underground parking after 6 pm
Info 213.446.4878
Subtitle: 
Films and encounters break down the walls of southeast Europe, from the former Yugoslavia to Turkey and Greece
South East European Film Fest: April 29-May 3, 2010South East European Film Fest: April 29-May 3, 2010Fueled by independent spirit and passion for the cinema of southeast Europe, the team behind Los Angeles-based SEE Fest (South East European Film Festival) has announced its fifth annual showcase to take place at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, and UCLA's James Bridges Theatre, from April 29 through May 3.


On May 3 from 9 am through 1 pm at the Center for Managing Enterprises in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES) at UCLA Anderson SEE Fest is hosting its 2nd annual Business Conference on South East Europe's cinema, a half-day seminar on packaging and financing international productions, producing in South East Europe, and the role of new media in distribution of foreign films.

"We bring to light innovative, different films that create an in-depth portrait of south east Europe, where countries are sandwiched between defunct empires and mixed legacies", says Vera Mijojlic, festival director. "They are the voices of a wonderfully expressive diversity, something southeast Europe and Los Angeles have in common."

5th Annual South East European Film Fest April 29-May 3

Subtitle: 
Films and encounters break down the walls of southeast Europe, from the former Yugoslavia to Turkey and Greece
South East European Film Fest: April 29-May 3, 2010South East European Film Fest: April 29-May 3, 2010Fueled by independent spirit and passion for the cinema of southeast Europe, the team behind Los Angeles-based SEE Fest (South East European Film Festival) has announced its fifth annual showcase to take place at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, and UCLA's James Bridges Theatre, from April 29 through May 3.

On May 3 from 9 am through 1pm at the Center for Managing Enterprises in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES) at UCLA Anderson SEE Fest is hosting its 2nd annual Business Conference on South East Europe's cinema, a half-day seminar on packaging and financing international productions, producing in South East Europe, and the role of new media in distribution of foreign films.

"We bring to light innovative, different films that create an in-depth portrait of south east Europe, where countries are sandwiched between defunct empires and mixed legacies", says Vera Mijojlic, festival director. "They are the voices of a wonderfully expressive diversity, something southeast Europe and Los Angeles have in common."

Turkish Cultural Figures

Fatih AkinFatih AkinFatih Akin is an award-winning Turkish-German film director. In 2007, his film The Edge of Heaven won the prize for Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival and was later awarded a prize by the European Parliament. The film is a cross-cultural tale of loss, mourning, and forgiveness. In Akin's cinema, the lives of German Turks is a recurring theme, especially their struggles and confusion between two different cultures. He also directed "Head-On" and "In July" as well as the festival hit documentary, "Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul.

Southeast European Film Festival

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Apr 30 2009 7:00pm - May 4 2009 7:00pm
Price: 
Where: 
April 30 - May 3 screenings held at:
Goethe Institut Los Angeles
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100, L.A., CA 90036
Underground PARKING free after 6pm
South East European Film FestSouth East European Film FestPresented By:

Goethe Institute Los Angeles
UCLA Center for European & Eurasian Studies
American Cinema Foundation

Festival Locations:


April 30 - May 3 screenings held at:
Goethe Institut Los Angeles
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100, L.A., CA 90036
Underground PARKING free after 6pm

May 4th closing night held at:
James Bridges Theatre
UCLA campus, Westwood Parking Structure 3

For tickets please go to: http://www.itsmyseat.com/DisplayEvent.html?sse=863417 , or
http://www.itsmyseat.com/SEEFEST.html

For more info please visit: www.seefilmla.org