Portraits of Denial & Desire

Artist John Halaka discusses his multi-disciplinary project, Portraits of Denial & Desire, that preserves and presents the stories of indigenous Palestinians who were displaced from their homeland in an ongoing cultural genocide that began 65 years ago.

Al Hannouneh Multi-City Tour

Video of performance by Al Hannouneh Society for Popular Culture at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria, VA. Specializing in dramatic choreography, music and dabke dance, Al Hannouneh preserves Palestinian culture and identity through artistic expression.

Sounds of the Qanun: Ali Amr Qanunist performs

Musical performance by Qanounist and vocalist Ali Amr and his colleagues Antoine Katz on the electric bass and Tareq Rantisi on percussion. Amr’s compositions contemplate Arabic & Jazz music while embracing different textures & styles within.

Summer Film Series: “Sacred Stones” by Muayad Alayan and Laila Higazi

Natural stone is the most requested Palestinian raw material, considered white oil. The natural stone’s extraction system causes environmental, social, and health problems within villages, refugee camps and cities. The Israeli occupation responds with persecution of Palestinian complaints, whose voices are unanswered by international organizations and ignored by the Palestinian authorities.

Summer Film Series: “Fire on the Marmara” by David Segara

On May 31, 2010 while still in international waters, Israeli commandos killed nine people who were traveling on a humanitarian mission on the Mavi Mamara. Traveling together with them, 700 activists from Caracas to Valencia, Barcelona, Brussels, London, Stockholm, and Istanbul attempted to bring supplies and break the blockade that the Palestinian population of Gaza has been suffering for years.

The Palestine Poster, a New Genre, a New Voice

What happens if all the posters that libraries and museums have historically cataloged under different headings such as Holy Land, State of Palestine, State of Israel, Eretz Israel, Promised Land, and Land of the Bible were organized under a single library heading, the Palestine poster?