“Sixty years after her grandparents’ exile from Jaffa, Soraya (Suheir Hammad) leaves Brooklyn to live in her homeland. Discovering that her family’s bank account was frozen after the Arab-Israeli War, she becomes determined to reclaim her birthright, through whatever means necessary.
“….a beautiful young Palestinian woman defies Israeli soldiers and struts through a check-point as if it were the catwalk of a fashion show; Santa Claus is chased up the sun- drenched hills of Nazareth by a gang of knife-wielding school kids; Israeli police use a blindfolded prisoner to provide directions to tourists in Jerusalem; and a female ninja descends from the sky, holding the map of ‘Palestine’ as her battle shield.”
Acclaimed Palestinian musician Ramzi Aburedwan and the Dal`ouna Ensemble performed at Busboys and Poets during their July tour of the DC metro area. Bringing together musicians from the Arab world and the West, their music crosses many boundaries by promoting diverse intercultural exchange through fusion of Palestinian folk music, world and classical music, and jazz.
June 30, 2015 The Jerusalem Fund Cultural Programs Washington, DC Film Scholar Terri Ginsberg discusses Palestine-solidarity filmmaking, focusing predominantly on To Live in Freedom, a 1974 documentary directed by Simon Louvish, and featuring Palestinian writer and intellectual Fouzi El-Asmar. She examines the relationship between Zionism, European colonialism, class stratification and racism in Palestine/Israel, and […]
The Roof presents a portrait of Aljafari’s family in Ramleh and Jaffa, “guided by a nimble camera moving calmly but ceaselessly around the rooms of homes inhabited, damaged and ruined. The title refers to the roof missing from the house where Aljafari’s family resettled in 1948, a home unfinished, an incomplete construction project.”
Balconies is an experimental meditation focusing on the deteriorating and unfinished balconies of Kamal Aljafari’s home town Ramleh, inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca’s Romance Sonambulo, ‘But now I am not I, nor is my house now my house…’”
Leaving the Catholic orphanage in Jerusalem where she was raised, eighteen-year-old Badia arrives at the home of her spinster aunts in Ramallah. Crossing the threshold, she finds a house, and three lives, frozen in time. The sisters are the last remnants of the bourgeois Christian minority that stayed on in the city after the war.
1913: Seeds of Conflict examines the divergent social forces growing in Palestine before the outbreak of World War I that caused the simultaneous rise in Jewish and Arab nationalism. Combining the perspectives of a wide range of Arab, Israeli and American scholars, the film includes information from documents previously unavailable from the Turkish Ottoman archives and largely untouched by historians.