Art & Performing Arts

Making a Feature Film in Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 24.01.2008:

By Najwa Najjar

Having literally just finished shooting my first feature film, Al Mor Wa al Rumman (Pomegranates and Myrrh), at the end of last month, I’m no authority on making feature films. But from the experience of the past five weeks and past several years, it became clear that despite all the preparation, persistence, and patience - it’s a gamble.

It all begins with an id(...)

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Shibat, Rocking Christmas

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 17.01.2008:

By Margo Sabella

Christmas is often associated with the usual Santas, red and gold decorations and blinking lights. But for the past three years, Shibat has become the refreshing new tradition during the Christmas season in Palestine; one that young and old look forward to each year.

This group of six rocks audiences with old Christmas favourites played to Rock & Roll tunes,(...)

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Palestinian Revolution Cinema

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 13.01.2008:

By Khadija Habshneh

“Through the still and animated picture we can convey and disseminate the concepts of revolution to the public and keep them alive.” With this concept in mind, the Department of Photography was established early in 1968 and later came to be known as the Palestine Films Unit. In the 1970s, the unit was transformed into the Palestinian Cinema Institute.

In the (...)

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A Brief History of Palestinian Cinema

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 04.01.2008:

By Khaled Elayyan

Political events in the Middle East, and especially in Palestine, have had a great influence on Palestinian cinema. Colonialism has always been a major obstacle that has hindered the natural development of the various sectors within Palestinian society. The Nakba in 1948, the Naksa in 1967, and the Beirut War in 1982, were dramatic events that augmented instability in(...)

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Performing Palestine: Resisting the Occupation and Reviving Jerusalem’s Social and Cultural Identity through Music and the Arts

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 22.12.2007:

David A. McDonald

Jerusalem Quarterly

Winter 2006

Issue 25

Resistance to the Israeli occupation takes many forms. From everyday acts of civil disobedience to outright engagement with occupation forces, Palestinians living under Israeli occupation have sought out myriad ways of negotiating the current socio-political landscape.1 One particularly fascinating arena fo(...)

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Jerusalem…The east side story (2007) – Film

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.11.2007:

Dispossession, Occupation, and a Challenge to Survive

By Sam Bahour

October 2007

Was it sheer coincidence, sad irony, or just another day in Palestinian life under Israeli military occupation? It was hard to tell. My father and I drove through the last Israeli checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem while heading to the Palestinian National Theatre at the invitation of (...)

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Jumana El-Husseini: Painter

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.11.2007:

Jumana El-Husseini is a painter and sculptor who has won many medals and has an extensive international exhibition record. She presently works and lives in Paris.

She was born in Jerusalem in 1932. She left for Beirut, Lebanon in 1948 and soon after she started to study painting, ceramics, and sculpture while majoring in political science at the American University of Beirut and the Be(...)

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Palestinian Weddings– American vs. Traditional

Contributed by Prima Soho on 21.10.2007:

I have often been asked, by non-Arabs, what a Palestinian Arab wedding is like. I have answered that question by only describing my experiences of attending Palestinian weddings here in the United States. However, Palestinian-American weddings are not "real" Palestinian weddings. While they do contain remnants of the traditional ceremonies my grandparents celebrated, they are still not authen(...)

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On Kawara in Dar Al-Kalima College, Bethlehem

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 03.10.2007:

Pure Consciousness

October 23-30, 2007

Ikon, in collaboration with ArtSchool Palestine, presents On Kawara’s Pure Consciousness, at Dar Al-Kalima College, Bethlehem, as part of the Second Riwaq Biennale. This ongoing series that consists of seven “date paintings” is being installed in kindergartens, as part of the furniture of classrooms for young children, and exhibited on wall(...)

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Culture in Ramallah: An Overview

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.08.2007:

By Fatin Farhat

In spite of the emotional and physical distance that stands between my life today and the years I spent abroad either studying or working, I still vividly recall the euphoria and the overwhelming sensations of nostalgia that relentlessly invaded me whenever I thought of Ramallah while I was away. In the most absurd fashion, I have always been attached to this strangely (...)

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