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The Arab-American Family Support Center

in collaboration with
The New York Immigration Coalition and
The Arab American Institute

requests your attendance at an

Arab-American Community Town Hall Meeting

with invited guests
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city officials

focusing on:
Immigrant Issues
I.N.S. and Police Collaboration
Ethnic and Religious Discrimination
and other community concerns

Tuesday, May 14th
Founders Hall, St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights

discussion and Q&A: 6:00 - 7:45 pm
reception: 7:45 - 8:30 pm

rsvp (718) 643-8000

World Music Institute Presents

Marcel Khalife in Concert

Saturday April 27, 8 pm

Symphony Space
Broadway & 95th St.
Tickets at $40 & $30, Students $15

West Side Interfaith Coalition on Peace in the Holy Land
presents a conversation on

Impact of the Israeli Settlements on the Peace Process

Jeffrey Halper, Ph.D.

Thursday, April 4th

West Park Presbyterian Church
Amsterdam Avenue at 86th Street

Dr. Halper is an American born, Israeli citizen. He is coordinator of the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions and of the Alternative Information Center. An anthropologist, he has taught at Haifa University and Ben Gurion University.

The West Side Interfaith Coalition, led by West Park Presbyterian Church, includes more than 30 religious and related institutions concerned with supporting dialogue and understanding around the issues of peace in the Holy Land.

rsvp: 212-870-2544

A Community of Many Worlds: Arab Americans in New York City
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
New York

March 2 - September 1, 2002

Saturday March 2:
1 pm: Guided tour by organizers
2 pm: Workshop in Egyptian Folkloric Dance
Sunday March 3

1 pm: Guided tour by organizers
2 pm: Concert by Myriade
3:30pm: Concert by Myriade
Wednesday March 6
6 pm: Lecture: Who is an Arab American?
Saturday March 9
1 pm: Guided tour by organizers
Sunday March 10 1 pm Guided tour by organizers
2 pm: Theatre: Isite: A one-woman show
Sunday March 17
2 pm: Lecture/Demo Religious Chants of Arab NYC Faiths
Wednesday March 27
2 pm: Storytelling: Kan Ya Ma Kan (Once upon a Time)
Thursday March 28
2 pm: Henna Hand Painting
Saturday April 6
1 pm: Walking Tour: Arab Atlantic Avenue
Sunday April 7
2 pm: Discussion/Readings: The Pen Bond Revisited

By bus: M1, M3, or M4 to 104th Street; M2 to 101st Street
By subway: Lexington Avenue #6 train to 103rd Street Station, then three blocks west, or #2 or #3 train to 110th Street and Lenox Avenue then walk one block east to Fifth Avenue, south to 103rd Street
*Ramp access is available at the 104th Street Entrance.

A number of public programs will be held at the Museum in conjunction with the exhibition, with additional programming being planned for the Spring/Summer 2002 season.

See the full schedule and updates at

Suheir Hammad & D. H. Melhem
read from their works

Wedndesday, March 27, Noon - 1pm

Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, Humanities Building, Room 206
Free and open to the public.

Directions: From Manhattan take Manhattan Bridge to Tillary Street exit.
Follow Tillary Street to Flatbush Avenue Extension. Make a left and proceed three blocks to DeKalb Avenue. The Brooklyn Campus is on the corner (across from Junior's Restaurant).
Subway: Q,M,N, R to DeKalb Ave. or 1,2,4,5 to Nevins St.
Suheir Hammad is a young Palestinian poet/activist, author of "Born Palestinian, Born Black" and a memoir, "Drops Of This Story". "Honoring her ancestors and the ancestors who have adopted her," the poetry book jacket informs, "she tells of exile, of urban America, and of being a woman of color in a racist society." Her work and readings have been warmly welcomed. Naomi Shihab Nye writes: "The true 'manifest destiny' of Suheir Hammad is to raise her searing vigorous voice, a brave flag over the dispossessed...."

D. H. Melhem, born in Brooklyn to Lebanese parents, is the author of 5 books of poetry, including "Notes On 94th Street", the first poetry book in English by an Arab American woman, and "Rest In Love", the widely acclaimed elegy for her mother. She documents her experiences as a New Yorker, as an American, and as one of Arabic heritage. Other works: 2 critical books on Black poets, "Gwendolyn Brooks", the first comprehensive study of the poet, and "Heroism In The New Black Poetry", which won an American Book Award; one novel, and over 50 published essays.

Melhem and Hammad have work displayed in the "A Community of Many Worlds: Arab Americans in New York City" Exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, the first such show, open through August. Museum closed Monday & Tuesday. Information on this exhibit can be found at

An International Women's Day Tribute to Arab & Muslim Women
Co-sponsor: The Radius of Arab American Writers

Featured Guest: Nawal El Saadawi

Friday, March 8
7:30 pm

Egyptian psychiatrist and writer Nawal Al Saadawi will be at the Brecht Forum in celebration of International Women's Day.

Saadawi is best known in the West for her novels, such as Women at Point Zero and God Dies By the Nile. She writes against ancient customs oppressing Arab women, including her very personal account of the pain of female circumcision.
In her words: "We are living in a class patriarchal system, based on class and male domination. This system breeds religious fundamentalism, paradoxes, injustices, and violence." She says this global phenomenon is most paradoxical in Egypt. "We have women who are veiled and women who are half-naked. This is typical of how society is accommodating globalization and Americanization, and also religious fundamentalism."
Sliding Scale: $6/$8/$10

The Brecht Forum
122 West 27th St. 10th Fl. NYC between 6th & 7th Aves.
1,9,N,R to 28th St, F,S to 23rd St, PATH to 23rd St, C,E to 23rd St
212.242.4201 •

The Alwan 2002
Arab and Iranian Film Festival

Friday through Sunday
February 22-24, 2002
all screenings at NYU's Cantor Film Center
Schedule, film synopsis and ticket information at

Children of Shatila (1998)
Frontier of Dreams and Fears (2001) NY Premiere

Wednesday, January 23, 2002
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Fales Library on the 3rd floor of the Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South
Film Director Mai Masri presents:

Mai Masri is a Palestinian-American filmmaker with a Bachelor's degree in film from San Francisco State University. She has directed and produced several award-winning films broadcast on more than 100 television stations around the world.

Frontiers of Dreams and Fears
* First Prize, Ismailia International film Festival, Egypt 2001
* Earth Vision Award, Tokyo Global Environmental Film Festival, Japan
* Special Jury Award at Beirut International Film Festival, Lebanon 2001
* Best Documentary, Egyptian Film Critics Association
* Best Documentary, Egyptian Documentary Filmmakers Association

The film follows two young Palestinian girls through several months in their lives Mona from Shatila refugee camp in Beirut and Manar from Bethlehem's Dheisha camp. Living in different camps one ruled by the extreme economic marginalization of Lebanon, the other by Israeli military and economic oppression the two girls manage to communicate with each other despite the overwhelming barriers separating them. The film focuses on their lives and dreams and on their growing relationship at first through email, culminating in their dramatic meeting at the Lebanese/Israeli border. Shot in the aftermath of the withdrawal of the Israeli army from south Lebanon and the beginning of the Palestinian Intifada, the film accompanies the girls on their extraordinary journey to the borders of exile separating them from their homeland and from each other.

Best Director, Arab Screen Film Festival, London 1999
Best Camera, Arab Screen Film Festival, London 1999
Special Mention, CMCA - Palermo, Italy 1998
Nominated for the Amnesty International Award, 1998

Fifty years after the exile of their grandparents from Palestine, the children of Shatila camp attempt to come to terms with the devastating realities of growing up in a refugee camp which has experienced massacre, siege and starvation. Through the stories of Farah (11 years) and Issa (12 years), the film explores the imaginary world of children where play, dream and fantasy help them survive the overwhelming difficulties of their everyday lives.

A discussion with Mai Masri will follow the screening.

Sponsored by: The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, The Hagop Kevorkian Center, Middle Eastern Studies, and The Center for Media, Culture and History

The Immigrants' Theatre Project in association with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and in collaboration with The Kazbah Project present

Unexpected Journeys, plays by women from Armenia, Australia, Egypt, Nigeria, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.

This festival features plays by women who have been influenced or grown up in Muslim cultures. The common thread is their examination with drama, music, and humor, the changing roles of women in their cultures.

Mainstage productions:
Cracking Mud is Pinching Me and Bermuda Triangle.
These run Thursday-Saturday at 8pm Jan 10-12, 17-19, 24-26 and Sunday matinees at 3pm January 13, 20 & 27.

Cracking Mud is Pinching Me, by Haya Husseini, directed by Marcy Arlin.
Three generations of Jordanian Palestinian women talk about life, love, men, and faith on a visit to a Dead Sea spa. Comedy by an award-winning Australian playwright.

Bermuda Triangle, by Nora Amin, directed by Lucinda Kidder.
A woman reflects on the men in her life -- her husband, ex-lover, and a pimp she encounters on the street. A fantasy by one of Egypt's leading women playwrights.

Admission: $15 adults, $12 students/seniors, $6 museum members.

The Tenement Theatre is located at 97 Orchard Street between Broome & Delancey. Take the F to Delancey or the J, M, Z to Essex. M15 Bus to Delancey.

Reservations: 212-431-0233 x440

Additionally we will be presenting 5 staged readings as part of the festival.
All readings begin at 8pm. Admission: $5.

January 14 - The Black Eyed by Betty Shamieh, Directed by Hayley Flynn.
An all-female surreal dark comedy in which Palestinian women look for lost loved ones in the afterlife.

January 15 - The Boat People by Nahed Nayla Naguib, Directed by Keibpoli Calnek.
Refugees from Malaysia, Egypt, Vietnam and China on a boat seeking asylum from economic and political oppression.

January 21 - Portrait of a Marriage by Fatma Durmush, Directed by Shilarna Stokes.
In a British Turkish community, a mother arranges a marriage for her daughter with an unusual suitor.
Abaga by Torange Yeshiazarian, Directed by Jaye Austin-Williams.
Two generations of forbidden love from Istanbul of 1915 to Jerusalem of 1935.

January 22 - Edewede by Juliana Okoh, directed by Bridgit Antoinette Evans.
A Nigerian village struggles over whether or not to continue the practice of female circumcision.

There will be talk-balks after every reading and Fridays after Mainstage performances.

Panel Discussion: Theatre as a Method for Re-Examining Women's Roles in Muslim Cultures
Saturday, January 26th at 3pm
New Dramatists, 424 West 44th Street between 9th & 10th avenues. Panel
reservations: 212-757-6960.
Panelists include:
Dr. Dina Amin, Visiting Professor of Middle Eastern Theatre, Barnard College
Dr. Marvin Carlson, Professor of Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center
Kia Corthron, playwright
Dr. Jamal Elias, Professor of Religion, Amherst College
Dahlia Sabbour, Egyptian actor and MA Theatre candidate
And invited guests

Simon Shaheen & Qantara,
with Columbian Singing Sensation Soraya

Saturday December 8, 8pm
Town Hall 123 West 43rd St. 212-840-2824Tickets: $30/$35
available at Town Hall Box Office and Ticketmaster outlets 212-307-7171

A Benefit Concert to promote Cultural Healing

Resolving Arab Stereotypes, Finding A Common Ground
is the topic at a Literary Program at
the Museum of the City of New York
Sunday Dec. 2, 2001 at 2pm

JACK SHAHEEN, Ph.D., Media Consultant and author of REEL BAD ARABS: How Hollywood Vilifies a People , discusses how screen images serve to advance tolerance and/or escalates intolerance. Shaheen will use videoclips to illustrate the importance of not allowing myths and misperceptions to guide us. Book signing to follow. (For reservations: 212-534-1672 ext 257)

The book is a groundbreaking book that dissects a slandering history dating from cinema's earliest days to contemporary blockbusters.
Published by Interlink in Northampton. MA (800 -238-LINK)

The exhibition, A Community of Many Worlds: Arab Americans in New York City, has been rescheduled and will run March 2-September 1, 2002. All programs scheduled for November and December 2001 will go on as planned.

November Programs

Saturday, November 17, 2 and 3:30 pm
Near Eastern Music Ensemble in Concert

Classical and contemporary Arab music. Two 45-minute seatings, 2-2:45 and 3:30-4:15 pm. Fee: $5 per person (in addition to Museum admission contribution). Seating is limited. Advance registration suggested.

Sunday, November 18, 2 pm
The Poetry of Arab New York

Poets Hayan Charara, D.H. Melhem, Lawrence Joseph, and Suheir Hammad read from their work—including poems written in response to the events of September 11, 2001.

Sunday, November 25, 2 pm
Traditional Arab Crafts and Games

The whole family will enjoy hands-on workshops and demonstrations in calligraphy, henna hand painting, tile-decorating, backgammon, and parcheesi.

Directions to the Museum:
By bus: M1, M3, or M4 to 104th Street; M2 to 106th or 101st Street

By subway: Lexington Avenue #6 train to 103rd Street, then walk three blocks west; #6 to 96th Street, walk three blocks west to Fifth Avenue, then north to 103rd Street; or #2 or #3 train to 110th Street and Lenox Avenue, then walk one block east to Fifth Avenue, south to 104th Street.

Museum Hours
Wednesday – Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 - 5 pm
Tuesday for pre-registered groups only: 10 am – 2 pm
The Museum is closed Mondays and all legal holidays.

The following admission contributions are suggested: $7 for adults; $4 for senior citizens, students, and children; and $12 for families.

Ziryab Monthly Reading
(For Arab American Artists & Friends)
Cornelia St. Café, 29 Cornelia Street,
Saturday Nov. 3, 2001
at 6pm


Suheir Hammad
Poet, Writer
Author of "Born Palestinian, Born Black" & "Drops Of This Story"

The Cornelia St. Café is located at
29 Cornelia Street between West 4th St. & Bleecker St.
Subway: W. 4th Street (A,C,E,F,S) or Christopher St. (1,9)

Admission: $8
Includes 1 free drink

For any questions, please email us at

The Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University

is pleased to announce a symposium, entitled

"Women And War In Afghanistan"

The event will include a screening of Mohsen Makhmalbaf's award-winning (Cannes, UNESCO, Fellini) film

Speakers include:

Nelofer Pazira, Star of Qandehar and Activist
Margaret A. Mills, Professor and Chair, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, Ohio State University, & author of 'Rhetorics and Politics in Afghan Traditional Storytelling'
Hamid Dabashi, Chair of MEALAC, and author of 'Closeup: Iranian Cinema, Past, Present Future'

Wednesday, October 24, 2001, 8:00 pm
Altschul Auditorium, School of International and Public Affairs

Altschul Auditorium (4th floor), International Affairs Building
Columbia University

Subway: 1/9 to 116th St

A map of the hall area can be found at

NYU Students for Justice in Palestine presents

Gaza Strip
A documentary by James Longley

Tuesday, October 23, 2001 7:30 pm
Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
50 Washington Square South, at the corner of Sullivan

The director will be available for questions and answers after the film.

American documentary filmmaker James Longley traveled to the Gaza Strip in January of this year, planning to stay for two weeks and collect preliminary material for a film about the Palestinian intifada. He threw away his return ticket and stayed for another 3 months, shooting over 75 hours of material throughout the Gaza Strip.

Now in rough-cut form, "Gaza Strip" follows a range of people and events following the election of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, including the first major armed incursion into "Area A" by IDF forces during this intifada. The film is filmed almost entirely in a verite style, presented without narration and with little explanation, focusing on ordinary Palestinians rather than politicians and pundits. More observation than political argument, "Gaza Strip" offers a rare look inside the stark realities of Palestinian life and death under Israeli military occupation.

The Freedom Forum International Division and the BBC
cordially invite you to a special program
“Fear and Optimism: The Impact of the Media in a World at War”

• As the United States and her allies battle terrorism and an economic downturn, do the media influence the public’s mood?
• Do the U.S. and European media approach coverage of major events differently?

David Schlesinger, executive vice president and editor, Reuters Americas
Howard Stringer, chairman and chief executive officer, Sony Corporation of America (invited)
Mark Thompson, director, BBC-Television

Harold Evans, author, “The American Century”

Thursday, October 18, 2001

6:30 p.m. – Reception
7:00 p.m. – Program

First Amendment Center
580 Madison Ave.
New York, N.Y. 10022

Kerry McEvilly

Ziryab Benefit Reading
Cornelia St. Cafe
October 6, 2001
6 pm

These past two weeks are ones that none of us in New York and indeed anywhere around the world will ever forget. Most of us know somebody or of somebody not accounted for. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to these people and their families.

ZIRYAB would like to host a special Benefit Reading to show our support against violence in all its forms and through Poetry celebrate our humanity, diversity, commonality and tolerance.

We invite you all to our next reading October 6th, 2001 at
6:00 PM (Sharp) at the Cornelia St. Cafe.

This reading, hosted by Andrew McCarthy, will feature:

Tarik Ben Brahim On Oud
and Poets:
DH Melhem
Rashidah Abu Bakr Ismaili
Suheir Hammad
Ahimsa Timoteo Bordhan
Ramzi Moufarej
Sekeena Shaben
And others ..........

Followed by an Open Mike

The Cornelia St. Cafe is located at:
(29 Cornelia Street be/n w4th & Bleecker)
Take any train to W4th St.

Admission: $8, Includes 1 free drink.

Proceeds Will Go To: NY Police And Fire Widows' & Children Benefit Fund (Po Box 3713, Grand Central Station, NY, NY 10163)

Simon Shaheen
and Qantara
in Concert

Thursday Auguest 7, 2001

Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival
Damrosch Park Bandshell
for more info, call 212-875-5108
or see

Rachid Taha
in Concert

July 19, 2001
9 pm

Village Undergroud
130 West 3rd St.

for tickets, call 212-269-4TIX

in Concert

Sunday, July 15
3 pm

Central Park SummerStage
Rumsey Playfield
72nd St. and Fifth Ave.

Cheb Mami
in Concert

July 13, 2001
Prospect Park Bandshell
9th St. and Prospect Park

Celebrate Brooklyn Festival
for information, call 718-855-7882
suggested donation: $3

for complete tour schedule, check

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Friday June 15 - Wednesday June 27

The Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street, on the Plaza Level at the Lincoln Center
between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave, in New York City
Subway: 1, 9 to 66th St - Lincoln Center.

Friday 15
1pm Jung: In the Land of the Mujaheddin
Vendemmiati & Lazzaretti, Afgh/Ital, 2000, 114 min., doc, Afg + English +subt.
3:45pm Around the Pink House
Joreige & Hadjithomas, Lebanon, 1999, 92 min., drama, Arabic w/ subt.

Saturday 16
3:15pm The Girl in the Sneakers
Rassul Sadr Ameli, Iran, 1999, 110 min., drama, Farsi w/ subt.
6pm Jung
9pm Around the Pink House

Sunday 17
3:15pm Jung
8:30pm Around the Pink House

Wednesday 20
9pm The Girl with the Sneakers

Thursday 21
1pm Nazareth 2000 + Quintessence of Oblivion
Hany Abu-Assad, Netherlands, 2000, 55 min., doc, arabic w/ subt.
Najwa Najjar, Palestine, 2001, 45 min., doc, Arabic + Hebrew w/ subt.
3:30pm Promises

Friday 22
9pm The Closed Doors + Saadia: A Moroccan Woman in the Resistance
Atef Hatata, Egypt, 1999, 105 min., drama, arabic w/ subt.
Tarik Cherkaoui, US/Morocco, 2000, 3 min., animation, arabic w/ subt.

Sunday 24
1pm Promises
Goldberg & Shapiro, Israel,2000,108',35mm,doc,En+Ar+He w/ subt.
6:45pm Souha: Surviving Hell + Lebanon Dream
Randa Chahal Sabbag, Lebanon, 2001, 60 min., doc, Arabic + French w/ subt.
Nurit Kedar, Israel, 2000, 60 min., doc, Arabic + Hebrew w/ subt.

Monday 25
3pm Souha
6pm Promises
8:45pm Nazareth 2000 + Quintessence of Oblivion

Tuesday 26
3pm Promises
8:30pm Souha + Lebanon Dream

Wednesday 27
6pm Nazareth 2000 + Quintessence of Oblivion
8:45pm The Closed Doors + Saadia

Admission: $9 General, $5 Members, $4.50 Seniors (Weekday Matinees Only)

More ticket information at


JUNG: In the Land of the Mujaheddin (US Premiere)
Alberto Vendemmiati and Fabrizio Lazzaretti
Afghanistan/Italy - 2000 - 114m - video - documentary -
In Afghani and Italian with English subtitles
Winner of the 2001 HRWIFF Nestor Almendros Prize

In this beautifully produced look at Afghanistan today, a surgeon and a war correspondent decide to join forces and set up a hospital in a country that has had to cope with various wars for the last twenty years. After the Russians, the Taliban took socie ty firmly into their grasp. Houses and schools have been burnt down, sons killed on the battlefield and almost everybody is hungry, an Afghan woman explains from behind her veil, perforated only by a few air holes. Women are beaten up in the street if the y are wearing sandals that show part of their legs, so everyone is terrified of breaking the extremely strict rules of the Taliban, another woman explains. Meanwhile, tanks have conquered the mountains, soldiers are trigger-happy and the rugged, stunning landscape is strewn with mines, which are stepped on every day by countless innocent victims. The new hospital tries to help all of these war victims, but it is banging its head against a brick wall. The Italian surgeon gets discouraged at times, because he knows that every day brings the same calamities: one after the other, people are brought in with crushed legs and skulls, and the situation is nowhere near ending.

Friday, June 15 at 1pm
Saturday, June 16 at 6:00pm
Sunday, June 17 at 3:15pm
Filmmakers present

Around the Pink House (NY Premiere)
Khalil Joreige and Joana Hadjithomas
Lebanon - 1999 - 92m - drama in Arabic with English subtitles

With humor and compassion, AROUND THE PINK HOUSE delivers a slice-of-life look at contemporary Lebanon. Two families, the Adaimi's and the Nawfal's, had illegally settled and made their home in an abandoned pink house at the onset of their country's civil war twenty years ago. The house was originally built by a wealthy businessman in the Matba'a district to show off his riches. However, now Lebanon is going through an economic boom, and the old shelled out buildings are being torn down to make way for a large reconstruction program. Mattar, the new owner of the pink house, arrives with unhappy news for the Adaimi's and Nawfail's; he wants to gut the pink house to build a shopping center. Mattar gives the families ten days to move out. This event divides the district and little by little two groups form. On the one side, those who favor reconstruction and the economic boom, and on the other, the two families and their friends. The house is a distorting mirror of the current reality, where each person find s his memories or loses them when facing the ruins of the pink house.

Friday, June 15 at 3:45pm
Saturday, June 16 at 9pm
Monday, June 18 at 8:30pm

The Girl in the Sneakers
Rassul Sadr Ameli - Iran - 1999 - 110m - drama
In Farsi with English subtitles

Suggesting an Iranian spin on Romeo and Juliet, but with the notion of tragic, unconditional love replaced by world-weariness and cynicism, director Rassul Sadr Ameli's THE GIRL IN THE SNEAKERS makes for a highly enjoyable addition to the burgeoning canon of exciting new films from the Middle East. The film opens with a teenage couple--Aideen and Tadai--strolling through a Tehran park. Though they have met just that afternoon, the two begin to daydream about a life together. Their teenage wooing stroll is abruptly interrupted when a police officer arrests Aideen on suspicion that he has deflowered Tadai. That Tadai should even be seen in a public place, with a young man her own age to whom she is not related, outrages her parents. Aideen and Tadai are for bidden to see each other. Distraught and dejected, Tadai quickly decides that she cannot live without seeing Aideen once more. She runs away from home, setting off on a 24-hour journey through Tehran while she waits to be reunited with her love.

Saturday, June 16 at 3:15pm
Monday, June 18 at 1pm
Wednesday, June 20 at 9pm

Nazareth 2000 (US Premiere)
Hany Abu-Assad - The Netherlands - 2000 - 55m - documentary
In Arabic with English subtitles

Returning to his native city just months before the new millennium, filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad captures the daily, idiosyncratic beats of Nazareth - a city both Christians and Muslims consider one of the most sacred in the world. Set against the background of the riots surrounding a square that both the municipality and the Muslim community lay claim to, Abu-Assad allows his story, NAZARETH 2000, to unfold through the eyes of two cynical, funny and wise gas station attendants who have been working at the se rvice station for decades. Their comments on the political and social conditions of their city paint both a tragic and subt.le image of its inhabitants.

Followed by: Quintessence of Oblivion

Thursday, June 21 at 1:00pm
Monday, June 25 at 8:45pm
Wednesday, June 27 at 6:00pm
Filmmaker present

Quintessence of Oblivion (US Premiere)
Najwa Najjar - Palestine - 2001 - 45m - documentary
In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles

A beautifully rendered filmic journey that was originally conceived as the exploration of the social life of Jerusalem through the history of the city's well known movie palace, the Al Hambra Cinema, from the 1950's until its closure in 1989. Then five mo nths ago the present Intifada began, and everything had to change. Filmmaker Najwa Najjar found herself in the new reality of today's Jerusalem and was faced with the question of how Palestinians living in Jerusalem in 1948 and 1967 could possibly go to t he movies after the wars, after their city was divided. Using oral histories of Jerusalemites living both in the city and in diaspora, present day interviews, archival footage of Palestinian everyday life, as well as radio broadcasts interwoven with fasci nating clips from the films shown at the Al Hambra over the decades, Ms. Najjar creates a rich and powerful Palestinian mosaic of their Jerusalem past and present.

Preceded by: Nazareth 2000

Thursday, June 21 at 1:00pm
Monday, June 25 at 8:45pm
Wednesday, June 27 at 6:00pm
Filmmaker present

Promises (NY Premiere)
B.Z. Goldberg and Justine Shapiro
Israel - 2000 - 108m - documentary
In English, Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles

Filmmaker B.Z. Goldberg, an American journalist who grew up in Jerusalem was deeply affected by the intifada (Palestinian uprising) of 1987. Over the course of 4 years he and Justine Shapiro were welcomed into the daily lives of seven children and their f amilies, Israeli and Palestinian. Each child offers a dramatic, emotional and sometimes hilarious insight into what it's like to grow up in the charged and complex city of Jerusalem. Though they live only 20 minutes apart, the children exist in completel y separate worlds. The ability to have dialogues in a way that breaks through prejudices, is surely a prerequisite for peace, yet hardly anyone has such conversations. The Filmmakers were able to confront and overcome these obstacles, but could these chi ldren ever do the same? PROMISES explores the nature of these boundaries and tells the story of a few children who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbors. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2001 Rotterdam Film Festival.

Thursday, June 21st at 3:30pm
Sunday, June 24th at 1:00pm
Monday, June 25th at 6:00pm
Tuesday, June 26th at 3:00pm
Filmmaker present

The Closed Doors
Atef Hatata - Egypt - 1999 - 105m - drama
In Arabic with English subtitles

The engrossing feature debut of Atef Hetata centers on a teenage boy, Mohamad, caught in an ever-tightening vise between incestuous longings for his mother and the authoritarian temptations of religious extremism. THE CLOSED DOORS is set in 1991 in Cairo, Egypt, during the Gulf War, when a militant Islamist revival was on the rise. Mohamad lives alone with his strong-minded and loving mother, after his father abandoned the two of them and Mohamad's older brother who is in the army, to start a new family. When Mohamad's high school teacher begins to court his mother, Mohamad's feelings of betrayal escalate and push him towards a dangerous sect of the religious community.

Preceded by: Saadia: A Moroccan Woman in the Resistance

Friday, June 22nd at 9:00 pm
Wednesday, June 27th at 8:45pm

Saadia: A Moroccan Woman in the Resistance
Tarik Cherkaoui - US/Morocco - 2000 - 3m - animation
In Arabic with English subtitles

This animated short brings to life the experiences of a Moroccan woman in the resistance against French colonialism and her ambition to free her country.

Followed by: The Closed Doors

Friday, June 22nd at 9:00 pm
Wednesday, June 27th at 8:45pm
Filmmaker present

Randa Chahal Sabbag - Lebanon - 2001 - 60m - documentary
In Arabic and French with English subtitles

From the director of Civilisees, which opened the 2000 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival and received its Nestor Almendros Prize, Randa Chahal Sabbag now turns her lens on South Lebanon. The subject of Chahal Sabbag's film is the charismatic Souha Becharre, whom many call the "fiancée du Liban." In 1989 at the age of twenty-one, Souha - a devoted communist - agreed to attempt the assassination of Lebanese General Antoine Lahad, who was collaborating with the Israeli Army in the South of Leban on. Lahad survived, but Souha was quickly arrested and thrown in the Khiam prison where she spent ten years for the attempt on Lahad's life. Conditions in Khiam were horrific, and Souha endured six of those years in solitary confinement. Chahal Sabbag fol lows Souha in the months following her release, as she tirelessly travels Lebanon - speaking about her experiences at Khiam and searching out others who were imprisoned there. And despite all she suffered in Khiam, Souha is a survivor who shares her story with a sense of hope for the future - both her own and that of Lebanon.

Followed by: Lebanon Dream

Sunday, June 24 at 6:45pm
Monday, June 25 at 3:00pm
Tuesday, June 26 at 8:30pm

LEBANON DREAM (World Premiere)
Nurit Kedar - Israel - 2000 - 60m - documentary
In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles

Director Nurit Kedar met Samir Farhat (one of the featured characters in her acclaimed documentary Borders) four years ago. Samir is a successful Lebanese merchant who wears many hats (and uniforms) and has survived in the dangerous profiteering business world between the borders of Southern Lebanon and Israel. His life and work were so compelling that after the completion of Borders Ms. Kedar and her camera continued for years to capture his business, his family and his friends. The result is LEBANON DRE AM, a fascinating story of a unique businessman who lives his life within the Lebanese chaos and provides a different, human and dramatic look at what Israelis call "The Lebanese Fiasco."

Followed by: SOUHA: Surviving Hell

Sunday, June 24 at 6:45pm
Monday, June 25 at 3:00pm
Tuesday, June 26 at 8:30pm
Filmmaker present

Works by Lebanese Painter Hala Schourair

Works by Lebanese painter Hala Schourair will be exhibited at Le Tableau, a French Restaurant in the East Village for a couple of months (June & July).
Stop by and view the wonderful paintings.

Le Tableau
511 E. 5th Street,
between Aves A and B

Telephone 212-260-1333 for further information.

Venture Capital in the Middle East: Opportunities and Challenges

Thursday May 31, 2001
The New York Helmsley Hotel

An elite group of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and bankers will address implications of present U.S. market conditions for private equity investment in emerging markets and discuss the opportunites and challenges for venture capital in the Middle East today.

For details and registration, visit

The American Studies Group &
The Middle East/Middle Eastern American Center

Present a Discussion of the transnational anthology:

(Interlink Books 2000)

By Nathalie Handal (editor)

Followed by readings by featured poets:
D.H Melham and Suheir Hammad

Friday April 27th, 2001

Room 5414
CUNY Graduate Center
356 5th Avenue
(35th and 34th Avenue)
New York City

Email for more information.
Copies of the book will be available!

OSLO: Why Did it Fail, and Where Do We Go From Here?
A Day of Study and Reflection on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Stephen P. Cohen (Israel Policy Forum)
Allegra Pacheco (Israeli human rights lawyer)
Nadia Hijab (author, Citizens Apart, A Portrait of Palestinians in Israel)
Gadi Taub (Israeli author and journalist)

Sunday, April 22, 2001
12:30-6:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored by (list in formation):
American Jewish Committee - New York Chapter
Congregation B'nai Jeshurun
Meretz USA

Congregation B'nai Jeshurun
257 West 88th Street
(between Broadway and West End Avenue)

Free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.
Contact or #212/787-7600 x 310 for more information

Tiddukla Tadelsant Tamazight Deg Marikan
The Amazigh Cultural Association in America (ACAA)

The 21st Anniversary of the Berber Spring
Saturday, April 28, 2001, 7pm-12am
in New York City's West Village.

Amazigh Spring / Tafsut Imazighen

Exposition: "April 20, 1980: Amazigh Spring"
Sale of Books, Videos, Music (CDs/tapes)

Poetry by Ali Akkache

Live Amazigh Music: Akli Derouaz

490 Hudson Street in Manhattan's West Village
between Grove and Christopher St.
Subway: 1/9 to Christopher St.

Admission: $20 (ACAA members: $15)
Children under 12: free

Dinner, pastries, soft drinks & coffee on sale

For more information, please visit the web site below:

FYI: Amazigh Spring of April 20 1980: first street demonstrations supporting Tamazight as an official language, alongside Arabic

North American Tour
Egyptian shaa'bi star

2 Appearances in New York

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.

March 8
Virgin Music
(Free Live performance with his 16-piece band)
Times Square
1540 Broadway
New York, NY

March 10
The Grand Prospect Theater
236 Prospect Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Ticket info: 718-788-0777

Freedom and Justice for Palestine
A Conference on the history and future of the Palestinian Struggle for Liberation

Saturday, March 31 2001
Columbia Law School
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104
116th St. & Amsterdam

11am - 12pm: Registration

PANEL 1: 12 PM - 1:30 PM
Oslo: Why the peace process failed
-- Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies
-- Salim Tamari, Professor of Sociology, Birzeit University
-- Souad Dajani, Middle East and Horn of Africa Grassroots International

2:30 - 4:30: Five workshops:
• Stealing Palestine: How Israel was Created
• Media War on Palestine
• Palestinian Diaspora: What is the Right of Return
• Why the U.S. Supports Israel
• Intifada Past and Present

4:30 - 6:30: Dinner and Activist Workshop on:
Organizing a Solidarity Committee

PANEL 2: 7:00 - 9:30: Freedom and Justice for Palestine: Which way forward?
-- Allegra Pacheco (CLS'96), Israeli human rights lawyer
-- Nadia Hijab, development consultant and author
-- Naseer Aruri, Professor of Political Science, UMass-Dartmouth
-- Seif Dana, Professor of Sociology, De Paul University
-- Ahmed Shawki, editor, International Socialist Review

Registration $10, or $5 for students.

And the Near Eastern Music Ensemble

to benefit the Arabic Language Program at
the United Nations International School

The Sylvia Furhman Performing Art Center
24-50 F.D.R. drive (25th St. & FDR)
Thursday, March 8, 2001
7:00 P.M.

Tickets: $20, available at the door

Benefit Concert for Medical Aid to Palestine

Simon Shaheen and Qantara

Friday, February 23
8 PM
P.S. 41
116 West 11th St.
(corner 6th Ave.)

All proceeds from this event to benefit emergency relief and medical aid to Palestine. Donations should be made out to
United Palestinian Appeal
(a registered non-profit charity)

Ticket/Donations priced at: $15 (student/low income)
$25, and $100 ($100 includes reception)

to buy tickets online, click here
for more information, call 917-576-1830


from the newly published book
The Poetry Of Arab Women:
A Contemporary Anthology

Edited by Nathalie Handal

Moustache (Back Garden)
265 East 10th Street (bet. 1st. Ave. & Ave A )

Wednesday, January 31, 2001

Readings by:
D.H. Melhem
Suheir Hammad
Annemarie Jacir
Sekeena Shaben
Ramzi Moufarej
Hayan Charara
.....and More!!!
Admissions: $8
Refreshments will be provided
For further information email:
Sponsored by: The Association of Arab-American University Graduates (AAUG)

Please join the Fundraising Event for Al-Awda's Lebanon Delegation

Tuesday January 30, 2001
7:00 to 10:00 PM
Moustache Restaurant
265 East 10th Street (between 1st Ave. & Ave. A)

Guest Speaker: Andrew Courtney.

At this moment in world events, the 53 year old plight of the Palestinian refugee community is at a crucial juncture in popular attention and in the so-called "peace negotiations".

On February 9, Al- Awda NY/NJ will send its first delegation to Lebanon. The delegation of seven Al-Awda members, two of whom are documentary film makers, will make in-depth visits to the Palestinian refugee camps. Delegation members will witness firsthand the conditions of the camps. Interviews will be arranged with "'48 Nakba” families, NGO support services, schools and clinics. The delegation will also establish a relationship with the host organizations that will help Al-Awda NY/NJ develop ongoing projects for the future. The film documentary of this experience will be used to raise consciousness and funding in the regions of Al-Awda’s activities here in the U.S.

Nuyorican Poets' Café Hosts Benefit Reading
for Korea, Puerto Rico & Palestine

Tuesday January 30 7:00-9:00 PM

Nuyorican Poets' Café
236 East Third Street, between Av. B & C
info: (212) 505-8183
Admission $10

We Who Believe in Freedom, an evening of poetry for the freedom of Korea, Puerto Rico and Palestine, hosted by Ishle Yi Park, Mariposa, and Suheir Hammad

Three women poets, Suheir Hammad, Ishle Yi Park, and Mariposa will join forces at the Nuyorican Poets' Café for a benefit reading entitled "We Who Believe in Freedom", on Tuesday, Jan 30, 2001, in support of the sovereignty of Korea, Palestine and Puerto Rico. Its goal is to raise awareness about the live US bombing ranges in the residential neighborhoods of Maehyangri, Korea and Vieques, Puerto Rico, and the continued struggle of refugee Palestinians. Poets will read, photo slides will be shown, information will be shared, and DJ Kuttin Kandi to perform. Proceeds will go to Al-Awda, National Action Committee for the Closure of the Maehyang-ri U.S. Armed Forces International Bombing Range, and Women for Peace and Justice for Vieques.

Please submit your New York area events!


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