A CELEBRATION OF PALESTINIAN CULTURE
A coalition of local and international organizations presented a week of Palestinian arts programming in Southern California, from September 30 through October 6, 2013 to share personal stories of the Holy Land and celebrate Palestinian creativity.
It’s time for a new vision of what it means to be Palestinian—one that celebrates the nation’s creativity, imagination and resourcefulness. Here in the States, Palestinians have struggled to be heard and seen as a people with a just cause. While each year Israelis and their supporters celebrate the establishment of the State of Israel, Palestinians commemorate the Nakbah—”Catastrophe”— on May 15th, the day in 1948 when many lost their freedom, when people were killed or exiled from their homes during the establishment of Israel. Hundreds of towns and villages were depopulated and destroyed, or have been since turned into Jewish-only municipalities. Everywhere you turn, there is a hidden story. Each story contains a piece of history, and contributes to the continuous evolution of Palestinian culture, which has been largely defined recently by the conflict of two competing national identities. However, Palestinian culture is often misconstrued as a modern phenomenon, which is far from the truth. The culture is extremely rich in history and is as old as the land itself. “A Celebration” encompasses both modern Palestinian and traditional Palestinian culture.
A Celebration of Palestinian Culture is presented by the Levantine Cultural Center and Bright Stars of Bethlehem under the aegis of the California Charitable Foundation, with support from Royal Jordanian Airlines, Applied Medical, EH National Bank, Eletreby Foundation, the Siam-Daoud Families, Nasim Khoury, KPFK 90.7 FM media sponsor. With additional support from MPAC and CAIR. This program benefits the charitable work of Bright Stars of Bethlehem and the Levantine Cultural Center.
Schedule of Events and Ticket Info
Sept. 30, 6-9 pm—WE ARE PALESTINE 16 new works of painting, photography and multimedia from West Bank artists. Art opening, Inside/Outside Gallery, Levantine Cultural Center, 5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90035-2657. MORE INFO
Oct. 1, 7 pm—IT’S BETTER TO JUMP A new documentary about the ancient walled city of Akka (aka Acre) in northern Israel, inhabited by Muslims, Christians, Jews and Baha’i. This film focuses on the aspirations and concerns of the Palestinian inhabitants who call the Old City home. Los Angeles premiere, directors’ screening with Patrick Stewart, Gina M. Angelone, Mouna Stewart. Film, panel and reception, Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90046. Also plays in Orange County, Mission Viejo, on OCT 3, 7 pm at the Norm Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692. Phone 949-470-3062. Tickets $12 general, $6 students, $25 Patrons of the Arts. Click here.
Oct. 2, 7 pm—UNDER THE SAME SUN A new drama, produced by Search for Common Ground, directed by Sameh Zoabi, that imagines what might happen if a Palestinian businessman (Ali Suliman) were to join forces with an Israeli entrepreneur (Yossi Marshak) to build a new solar energy firm serving the needs of Palestinians in the West Bank. Followed by a Q&A with Sameh Zoabi. Los Angeles premiere. Films, panel and reception, Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90046.
Oct. 3, 7 pm—PALESTINIAN WOMEN IN FILM With Yasmine Perni’s THE STONES CRY OUT, we begin to understand that all too often media coverage of the conflict in Palestine has framed it as a fight between Muslims and Jews, largely ignoring the fact that Palestine was the birthplace of Christianity, that Palestinians are both Muslims and Christians, and that Palestinian Christians have played a critical role in their land’s history and the struggle to maintain its identity. RESTORED PICTURES is a documentary directed by Mahasen Nasser-Eldin, about the life of Karimeh Abbud, the first female photographer in pre-1948 Palestine. Her photos are important historical records of life in Palestine in the early 1900s. Followed by Q&As with Mahasen Nasser-Eldin and Yasmine Perni. Los Angeles premieres. Films, panel and reception, Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90046. Also plays in Orange County, Mission Viejo, on OCT 2, 7 pm at the Norm Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692. Phone 949-470-3062. Tickets $12 general, $6 students, $25 Patrons of the Arts. Click here.
Oct. 5, 2:30 pm—Matinee performance, films 3:30/4:30 pm + 6:30 reception and 8:00 pm Evening performance, by Diyar Dance Theatre + DAM Hip Hop 9:30 pm, Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90046.
3:30-5:30 pm—Film and conversation Harmony Gold Theatre
9:30 pm—DAM Hip Hop concert Harmony Gold Theatre
Oct. 6, 12-2:00 pm—VIP luncheon 1:30-2:45 pm, Diyar Dance Theatre Orange County premiere! Films and discussion, 4:00-5:30 pm. 5:30-6:30 reception with audience to meet dancers/filmmakers. 6:30-8:00 pm DAM Hip Hop concert. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, CA 92697.