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2007 Artas Lettuce Festival; Ashtar The Story of Mona

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 08.06.2007:

From Playbill of the Thirteenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival Saturday, April 14, 3:00 Courtesy of Ashtar Theater

Mona is a fourteen-year-old girl who lives in a poor family at one of the villages located near the Wall. Mahmoud, Mona’s father, works inside the Green Line and lives there with his second wife. Every now and then, he visits his family in the village. Abu Shaker, the elder brother of Mahmoud, lives in the village and oversees Mahmoud’s family matters in his absence. Abu Shaker suggests to Amneh (Mona’s mother) that it is time for her daughter to marry since she is now fourteen years old. Mona, who is strong-willed and educated, rejects her uncle’s suggestion. She argues that she is too young to marry and wishes to complete her studies. This continuous rejection led her into the hospital after being severely beaten by her uncle and father. Hanan, a social worker who works with one of the Women’s Associations, tries to help Mona, but she is faced with violent resistance from Mona’s uncle and father who accused her of destroying the integrity of the families in the village. During the “compulsory” wedding ceremony, Mona revolts against the family. Abu Shaker loses control and beats her to death to defend the family’s honor.

• Is there a law that defends Mona’s right to continue her education? If so, to what age/grade?

• Is there a law that sets the minimum age for marriage?

• Is there a fair punishment for an individual who kills a girl or woman under the pretext of “defending the Family’s Honor”?

Many questions are raised by “The Story of Mona,” and the answers are under investigation

Directed by: Barbara Santos- CTO – Brazil

Ashtar Theater

As the first theatre training company in Palestine, Ashtar has maintained a consistent set of aims, it seeks to confront and challenge every aspect of Palestinian society, constantly encouraging people, especially youth, to question all aspects of their daily life. By adopting creative methods that inspire audiences to “listen as they hear, to contemplate as they see, and to imagine as they reflect…” It is Ashtar’s aim to make theatre an integral part of Palestinian society.

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