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Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY Launch
Collaborative Monthly Film & Video Series @ Pioneer Theater

ARNA's CHILDREN

Winner 2004 FIPRESCI Prize @ Hot Docs
The inaugural screening in the joint series from Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY.

Every 3rd Tuesday of the month join us for the best in features, docs, & shorts that increase awareness of the creative vitality and sociopolitical realities of the Middle East, South Asia, and their diasporas. Given the historical and cultural affinities between these geographic regions, as well as the contemporary political landscape, these two cultural organizations are beginning a series of programming & marketing collaborations that encompass film, video, music, visual art, and literature, culminating in a week-long film festival in March 2006. In an environment that turns these communities into enemies of the west, we find strength in creating alliances to provide more nuanced, yet genuinely critical views to New York audiences. The dialogue and networking will continue at the complimentary pizza & drinks receptions after every screening in the Pioneer Series!

Tuesday October 17th, 7pm
Two Boots Pioneer Theater
155 East 3rd Street (at Avenue A)
Subway: F to 2nd Ave; 6 to Bleecker

Tickets: $9 Adults / $6.50 Pioneer Members
Plus Free Pizza Reception with the Director after the Screening

Advance Tickets: 7pm show

About the Film

Director: Juliano Mer Khamis, Israel/Netherlands, 2004, 85 mins, Arabic/English/Hebrew with English ST

ARNA'S CHILDREN tells the story of a children's theatre group in Jenin refugee camp that was established by Arna Mer Khamis. Arna, an Israeli from a zionist family,married a Palestinian, Saliba Khamis. the theatre group she founded helped Jenin's children to express the everyday frustrations, anger, and fear of life under Israeli occupation. Arna?s son Juliano filmed the children during rehearsals from 1989 to 1996.

After the battle of Jenin in April, 2002, Juliano went back to see what happened to those children. Yussef committed a suicide attack, Ashraf was killed in the battle of Jenin, and Ala leads a resistance group. The director looks back and tries to understand the choices made by the children he loved and worked with, and the tragedy and horror of lives trapped by the Israeli occupation.

Followed by Q&A with the Director & further conversation at the Free Pizza Reception at downstairs Den of Cin!

Portions of the proceeds to benefit The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp

About Alwan for the Arts

Alwan for the Arts serves the Middle East and North African population and educates the broader community by providing access to the range of Middle Eastern and North African arts; thereby enriching the cross-cultural and artistic encounter. Since 1998, Alwan for the Arts has played a leading role in promoting the diverse cultures of the Middle East and North Africa in New York City. It organized film festivals and screenings, book/poetry readings and signings, lectures and conferences, art exhibits, musical and theatrical performances, and language and literature classes. In 2003, Alwan established a center in lower Manhattan which provides a physical base for its diverse cultural activities. For more info: www.alwanforthearts.org

About The Ad Hoc Coalition for Justice in the Middle East

The Ad Hoc Coalition for Justice in the Middle East is a grassroots strategic alliance of concerned organizations and individuals in New York, formed to demand an immediate, unconditional, and permanent end to U.S.-sponsored Israeli aggression in the Middle East. In response to the continuing injustices committed by Israel, which constitute gross violations of international law, the Ad Hoc Coalition stands with the people of the Middle East in their demands for justice, equality, democracy, and respect for human rights. For more info: www.mideastjustice.org

About 3rd I. 3rd I New York's monthly film and music salon designed by local filmmakers and experimental DJs showcases the works of independent filmmakers of South Asian descent and local djs, musicians and electronica artists. Providing alternative forums for South Asian filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion. More info...



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This event is made possible in part through public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities/New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.