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Special Sneak Preview of Nakba Dailies

Part 1 of Seerat Al-Laaji / Chronicles of the Refugee
Produced by Adam Shapiro, Perla Issa and Aseel Mansour

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 7 pm

Two Boots Pioneer Theater
Trains: F to 2nd Ave, 6 to Astor, R,W to 8 St.
Tickets: $10 Adults / $6.50 Pioneer Members

Join us for the first film of a series of six films about Palestinian refugees, as part of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Nakba.

Chronicles of the Refugee is a 6-part documentary film series looking at The global Palestinian refugee experience over the last 60 years. Starting with 'al-Nakba' (catastrophe) in 1948 (part I) and continuing through repeated community and individual expulsions (part II) and enduring discrimination by virtue of being Palestinian (part III), the first three episodes are more historical and informative, presenting an almost comprehensive review of 60 years of dispossession. The last three parts tackle many issues facing Palestinian refugees, and are meant to open up debate on taboo and contentious issues. Part IV deals with identity formation and the impact of being in diaspora. Part V looks at strategies for the Right of Return and who is doing what to achieve realization of this right. Part VI focuses on issues of leadership and representation, from the perspective of what kind of representation have Palestinians had over time and what do they want now.

Filmed in over 15 countries, with more than 250 interviews of Palestinian refugees who have lived in over 25 countries, this is the first documentary Film to look at the global Palestinian refugee experience over the last 60 years. The film presents Palestinian refugees who were displaced in 1948 and their descendants, and includes the wide range of age, socio-economic status, education level, etc.

Chronicles of the Refugee is an independently produced film made by Adam Shapiro, Perla Issa and Aseel Mansour, with a musical score by Tarik "Excentrik" Kazaleh. Funding for the project was made possible through individual contributions and the film is in no way associated with any organization, political party, faction or otherwise.

Film is in Arabic and English with subtitles.

Part I: "Nakba Dailies"
Part II: "Daily Nakbas"
Part III: "Homeland Without ID (papers)"
Part IV: "Identity Without a Homeland"
Part V: "Talk About Return"
Part VI: "Return of the Talk"

Adam Shapiro is co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement, and has previously made the documentaries About Baghdad (05), Darfur Diaries (06), Becoming Nadya (07) and Nowhere to Flee (07).

Perla Issa is a Palestinian from Lebanon, who recently produced a short documentary on Nahr Al-Bared (07). She also worked with Shapiro on the documentary Nowhere to Flee (07) and was part of the team that produced the documentary series, Arabs and Terrorism (07).

Assel Mansour is an indpependant Palestinian filmmaker from Jordan. His Filmography includes: Little Feet (06); Nightmares of Reality, (03) co-director; and Alert Guns (04).

About the Presenting Organizations:

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.

Alwan for the Arts serves the Arab community and educates the broader public by showcasing a range cultural events; 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 Arab countries 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.

Adalah-NY: The 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. and U.S.-sponsored Israeli aggression in the Middle East. In response to the continuing injustices committed by the U.S. and Israel, which constitute gross violations of international law, Adalah-NY stands with the people of the Middle East in their demands for justice, equality, democracy, and respect for human rights.

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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.