The Gene Siskel Film Center and the Arab Arts Council of the Arab American Action Network present the Chicago premieres of two films by young Arab filmmakers:
"Frontiers of Dreams and Fears" (Ahlam al Manfa) (60 min)
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21
164 N. State Street
Admission: $8 general, $4 members.
Mai Masri's award-winning documentaries (Children of Shatila, Hanan Ashrawi: A Woman of Her Time, Children of Fire) depict Palestinian communities caught in the crossfire of Middle East strife, with a special emphasis on women and children. Filmed during the highly charged period after the Israel evacuation from South Lebanon and the beginning of the second Intifada, Masri's latest film "Frontiers of Dreams and Fears" (Ahlam al Manfa) follows two refugee girls who develop an intense relationship through e-mail correspondence while living in camps on opposite sides of the Lebanese/Israeli border. Ali Abunimah, vice president of the Arab American Action Network will facilitate a discussion about the film, and the Arab-Israeli conflict following the screening.
"In the Shadow of the City"
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24
164 N. State Street
Admission: $8 general, $4 members
Covering some of the same ground as "West Beirut" from a more serious and politically complex perspective, this compelling drama captures the chaos of the Lebanese civil war through the eyes of a young protagonist as he passes from adolescence to adulthood. Twelve-year-old Rami moves from his war-torn village in South Lebanon to the illusory safety of Beirut. There he discovers an enchanted city of adventure, cosmopolitanism, and young love, until the schism of 1975 plunges Beirut into bloody upheaval. Twelve years later, when his father is kidnapped, Rami abandons his neutrality and joins the militia. In the midst of the fighting, he meets Siham, a woman determined to find her missing husband -- one of the thousands of Lebanese who vanished during the war.
Director Jean Chamoun says, "In this film, the memory of the city follows Rami like his shadow. Yet in this shadow are traces of noble dreams and precious memories. This is what gives Rami the strength to resist, to rebuild himself and his country." Chamoun is tentatively scheduled to appear at the screening; please call 312-846-2600 for confirmation.
Media on the Middle East
JUNE 6, 2001, 7 pm.
DePaul University is hosting a town meeting on
"Media on the Middle East" to be held at:
Schmitt Academic Center
2320 N. Kenmore ave.
(enter through Quad on Seminary Av.)
Participants are asked to come at 6:45 pm, because this meeting will be taped for broadcast.
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada
Cliff Kelly, WVON Radio
Professor of Journalism, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, College of Lake Forest
Editorial Writer, Chicago Sun-Times
Event is open to the public
Farida & the IRAQI Maqam Ensemble (FIME) in a USA tour.
This HISTORIC tour will take place in
NY on Saturday, May 5,
Washington, DC on Friday May 11,
Boston, MA. on Saturday, May 19, and finally in
Chicago, IL on Monday, May 21.
This is the first time at which a female Iraqi singer will be the feature of a musical tour around the United States. Farida is a remarkable vocalist who has established a reputation throughout the Arab world and Europe for her brilliant performances of the classical Iraqi maqam, highly improvisational music that is traditionally sung by men. She will be accompanied by the Iraqi Maqam Ensemble, a prominent group founded by Mohammed Gomar in 1989 to continue the mission and project initially founded by the late Munir Bashir.
Farida graduated from the Institute of Music in Baghdad, mastered nineteen maqams and became the first woman to teach classical maqam in Iraq. She has participated in many international events, including prestigious festivals in Moscow, Uzbekistan, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Algeria, Iraq, Holland, England, France, Germany and Belgium.
the interplay between singer and musicians is wondrously seductive
World Music Institute
Smithsonian/Freer Gallery of Art
Institute of Near Eastern & African Studies (INEAS)
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
* Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Music Study Group, Harvard University
* New York State Council on the Arts
* New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Monday, May 21, 2001
Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E.
Chicago Cultural Center
Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602
North American Tour
Egyptian shaa'bi star
His latest release, Yaho, is a showcase of shaabi music, incorporating traditional Middle Eastern instruments with rhythmic beats of the Cairo streets and souk. Exclusively featured on the album are two new tracks not heard elsewhere, Yimin we Shemal by French producer Sodi and El Bi Hebeni El, in addition to four remixes (El Wala Wala,Habbena, Ansa Azabi and Ana Ahebbak) by legendary British ethno-technomasters Transglobal Underground (TGU), providing cutting edge world music for the dance clubs floors.
Hakim's use of the mawwal, as on Esma Yalli, is in the best tradition of shaa'bi music, offering emotional soaring vocals at the song's introduction, rising over the sultry sounds of Spanish trumpets, before breaking into a fast moving and pulsating tempo.
For information: 818-461-1700 ext 284
International House Global Voices Program presents:
A Panel Discussion:
"What are the conditions for the production, maintenance and transformation of apartheid societies?"
"The case of South Africa and Israel"
March 1, 2001
International House, Coulter Lounge
1414 E. 59th Street
Hylton White, The Department of Anthropology
Nomsa Hani, Visiting Scholar from the University of Cape Town
Ali Abunimah, writer and activist
The Global Voices Program presents prominent speakers and organizes round-table discussion groups and special interest seminars.
CHICAGOLAND ARAB PROFESSIONALS & STUDENTS
invites you to a day full of fun and excitement. Come meet other Chicago Arabs. We want to meet you too! Play volleyball, throw a frisbee, and network with other professionals.
Please bring a dish or a game to share. (CAPS board members will provide the plates, cups, utensils, napkins, chips and soda)
Sat, 6/24/00 12:00 PM-7:00 PM CDT.
North Avenue Beach (Just west of the beach house) For more infomation,
17th National Convention
American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
June 8-11, 2000
Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia
Our theme this year is:
"Arab-Americans: Truly Arab -- Fully American"
for more information, see http://www.adc.org
or contact our events coordinator at (202) 244-2900
The Antiochian Christian Orthodox Convention, hosted by St. George of Cicero
July 18-25, 1999
Hyatt Regency, Chicago.
ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
42nd National Convention
June 23 - 27, 1999
at the Chicago Hilton & Towers.
Contact (800) 877-5833 ext 322.