TWB e-letter

In this issue check out for call for applications from: Brown University, Women in the Arts and Media coalition, Performers without Borders, Intercultural Leadership Institute, CECArts Link, Company of Wolves. And a Polish Theatre Festival at Lamama E.T.C and Bethlehem International Performing Arts Festival


Performances without Borders seek anyone interested in joining their tour INDIA 2018 PWB Team. It runs from Jan 4th-April 8th 2018, you will need to contribute £750 which covers your food, accommodation and travel on tour, plus flights etc. If you are interested please email your interest, why you would like to be considered and some information about your skills and experience in the areas of performing, Team work, teaching and travelling.We look forward to hearing from you! Please find more information about the tour.​


The Brown University Department of Literary Arts is currently seeking applications and nominations for the 2018 – 2019 International Writers Project Fellowship. The fellowship provides institutional, intellectual, artistic and social support to writers who face personal danger, oppression, and/or threats to their livelihood in nations throughout the world.
Writers interested in applying for the fellowship should send a case history, providing publishing history and explaining need, a writing sample (preferably in English), and  a resume,  to the International Writers Project, Department of Literary Arts, Box 1923, Brown University, Providence, RI   02912, or they may email materials to  Letters of support from persons acquainted with the candidate’s situation and eligibility are also helpful.  Anyone wishing to make the IWP aware of a writer in need, or wishing to nominate a candidate, should also contact the program as noted above.   The IWP will accept applications until February 15, 2018.  More information about the IWP is available on the website, or contact  Lori Baker
Intercultural Leadership Institute are excited to release the application guidelines for the second cohort of the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI), a collaborative program of Alternate ROOTSFirst Peoples FundNational Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) and PA’I Foundation. Learn more here
What’s happening?
AITA/IATA Associates Diyar Theatre / Diyar Academy for Children and Youth announce BIPAF (Bethlehem International Performing Arts Festival) to be held in October 2018 in Bethlehem, Palestine.
All performers must be older than 16 years and productions should be between 40 and 60 minutes.
There is more information HERE and a slide show with information is HERE.
Applications will be accepted until 30 November 2017  and information can be provided by Rami Khader of Diyar Theatre
La MaMa E.T.C. in association with Perforations Festival,
Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Polish Cultural Institute
presents Polish Artists at the Perforations Festival 
Acclaimed Glasgow-based laboratory theatre Company of Wolves are offering our first workshop in the USA, 9-10 December 2017 in Minneapolis. This is a rare opportunity to experience Company of Wolves’ unique body based approach to training and material creation, sourced in a profound study of the Polish laboratory theatre tradition and modern improvisation techniques. APPLY 
Grants. Awards. Residencies 
1. CEC ArtsLink grants for Artists  and Arts managers 
2. Back Apartment Residency Opportunity for Artists and Curators
3. Women in the Arts and Coalition:
Media Collaboration Award 2018 Click Here for Application Send all inquiries and questions to: Deadline Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. 

Call for Papers: "Beyond Transfiction: Translators and (Their) Authors"

International conference on Translators and (Their) Authors
Tel-Aviv University 7-8 May 2013

This conference will discuss aspects of the complex relationship between translators and authors. As a follow-up to the conference on Translators as Protagonists held in Vienna University in 2011, and in view of ongoing research and new theories on the sociocultural role of translation and translators/interpreters, on the translator's habitus, on the death of the Author, new/old questions arise as to the sometimes ambivalent and ever complex relationship, real or imaginary, physical or symbolic, between translator and the author/s he/she translates.

Suggested topics include : 
-Translators as distinct from authors
-Translators as authors
-Translators as advocates
-Translators as critics
-Split personality: the author/translator functioning differently on each front
-Famous authors-translators
-Translators co-working with authors
-Censorship and the author/translator relationship
-Gender and sexuality in translator-author relationship (the erotics of translation)

Abstract proposals and deadlines: Scholars are invited to submit 200-300 word proposals (with 3 keywords) for papers in Word as an attachment with the format: authorname.doc. (Please include your contact information in the body of your e-mail, not in the file.) Abstract proposals should be sent by January 1st 2013 to: . The abstracts should be attached as a WORD document. Please indicate ABSTRACT in the subject line in your e-mail. Presentations will be 20 minutes in length, followed by discussion. There will be sessions Tuesday and Wednesday.

Date of notification regarding acceptance of abstracts: February 15th 2013. AvivThe language of the conference will be English

Keynote Speakers:
Suzanne Jill Levine (University of California in Santa Barbara)
Douglas J. Robinson  (Dean of Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University)

Fee: Early registration fee (before February 30, 2013): $ 170. Fee after February 30, 2013: $ 200

Local Organising Committee: Nitsa Ben-Ari, Michal Ben-Naftali, Tirza Biron, Shaul Levin, Omri Asscher ; Scientific Committee:  Brian Baer (Kent State University, Ohio), Nitsa Ben-Ari (Tel-Aviv University), Patricia Godbout (University of Sherbrooke, Canada), Klaus Kaindl (University of Vienna) 

For all correspondence about the conference please use the e-mail address:

Urgent: Jenin Freedom Theatre Co-founder on Death Fast

The following urgent message was received today from our friends at
the Jenin Freedom Theatre in Palestine. Please forward it widely.


From The Freedom Theatre
Jenin, West Bank, Occupied Palestine
September 10, 2012

On September 9, 2012 Zakaria Zubeidi announced that he will embark on
a death fast–a complete food and fluid strike, in response to the
continuous postponement of his release from a Palestinian Authority
prison. This effectively means that unless the Palestinian Authority
releases Zakaria he will most probably not make it through the week.

Zubeidi, co-founder of The Freedom Theatre and former leader of the
Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, has been imprisoned by the Palestinian
Authority for close to four months. No charges have been made against
him, no evidence presented and throughout his imprisonment his rights
have been severely violated, as described by among others Human Rights
Watch (

Being one of the last survivors of Arna's Children(1), Zakaria joined
the armed resistance during the second Intifada and became one of its
leading figures. After co-founding The Freedom Theatre in 2006 Zakaria
decided to lay down his weapons in order to join a cultural
resistance, which he deemed a more powerful tool against the Israeli
occupation. Surviving numerous assassination attempts by the Israeli
army and vowing to never again enter an Israeli prison, Zakaria is now
instead facing death in a Palestinian prison unless immediate action
is taken.

The Freedom Theatre urges all its friends and supporters to:

* Contact the local representative office of the Palestinian
Authority(2) and demand Zakaria Zubeidi's release. Since the situation
is urgent we also ask you to take more direct actions such as
organising protests at PA representative offices.

* Contact local or regional human rights offices and organisations
such as Amnesty International and urge them to take action.

* Contact your local MP and MEP and urge them to take action [or
Senators and Congressional representative in the United States].

* Contact your country's representative office in the occupied
Palestinian territory and urge them to take action(3).

* Call these numbers to demand Zakaria's release: +972 (0)599000011
Abo Mohammad Shadeh, Head of the Palestinian Authority President’s
Security Office; +972 (0)2000011 Said Abualheja, Ministry of Interior;
+972 (0)-597778887 Majd Faraj, Head of Palestinian Intelligence.

Social Media Campaigns

* Twitter: #Freezakaria

* Facebook:,

* Website:

Sample Letter

To [Name], representative of the Palestinian Authority:

I am a staunch supporter of the Palestinian people and therefore I am
now contacting you on an urgent matter. It has come to my knowledge
that Zakaria Zubeidi, co-founder of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin and
former military leader of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades has been kept
in a Palestinian prison for over four months without any charges or
accusations brought against him. I have also been informed that
Zakaria's human rights have been violated on several accounts and that
as a result he has started a death fast, refusing water or food. That
means that he will die within 8-10 days and most probably before that
suffer irreversible effects to his health. I urge you to take
immediate actions for Zakaria's release. If you, as a representative
of the Palestinian Authority will allow Zakaria to die then you must
also know that I and many others will consider you partly responsible
for his death.

I trust that you understand the need for your immediate response to this case.

Sincerely Yours,






Previous press releases, background and updates:

Zakaria Zubeidi remains in prison (02092012)

Zakaria Zubeidi's release postponed (27082012)

Zakaria Zubeidi to be released on bail (22082012)

Zakaria Zubeidi temporarily released (19082012)

Human Rights Watch calls for end to harassment of The Freedom Theatre (28072012)

New information on Nabil and Zakaria (11072012)

Nabil and Zakaria on hunger strike (05072012)

Latest news on Nabil and Zakaria (01072012)

Action Alert: Free Nabil Al-Raee and Zakaria Zubeidi (07062012)

Zakaria Zubeidi on hunger and fluid strike!

For immediate release
The Freedom Theatre
Jenin, West Bank, Occupied Palestine
September 9, 2012

Zakaria Zubeidi, co-founder of The Freedom Theatre and former leader of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, has been imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority for almost four months. No charges have been made against him, no evidence presented and throughout his imprisonment his rights has been severely violated, as described by among others Human Rights Watch*.
Today Zakaria's release was yet again postponed for 8 days pending additional investigations. As a response Zakaria announced he will embark on a hunger and fluid strike to death which effectively means that unless the Palestinian Authority releases Zakaria he will not make it through the week.


For more information:

Previous press releases, background and updates:
Zakaria Zubeidi remains in prison (02092012)
Zakaria Zubeidi's release postponed (27082012)
Zakaria Zubeidi to be released on bail (22082012)
Zakaria Zubeidi temporarily released (19082012)
Human Rights Watch calls for end to harassment of The Freedom Theatre (28072012)
New information on Nabil and Zakaria (11072012)
Nabil and Zakaria on hunger strike (05072012)
Latest news on Nabil and Zakaria (01072012)
Action Alert: Free Nabil Al-Raee and Zakaria Zubeidi (07062012)

Stand up for West Bank's Freedom theatre

Playwright Howard Brenton on how it's time to stop the harassment and detention of members of Jenin's Freedom theatre – and it isn't just Israel

What price the freedom to put on plays? The odd bad review in the Daily Telegraph (if you're me)? Or protesters at Shakespeare's Globe (if you're performing in Habima theatre's Israeli version of The Merchant of Venice)?

Or how about being picked up at a checkpoint because you're an actor, or made to stand by a theatre wall in the middle of the night with your trousers down because you're a theatre technician? Or being taken off to a detention centre and denied a lawyer or family visit ? Or being shot in the head with your baby son in your lap because you're an artistic director?

All these are part of the price being paid by the staff of the Freedom theatre in the Jenin Refugee Camp on the West Bank. On 3 April last year, its artistic director and co-founder, the Arab-Israeli actor and peace activist Juliano Mer Khamis, got into his car outside the theatre with his son Jay and a babysitter. Reports vary as to the exact details, but it appears that 100 yards from the theatre he was waved down, then shot five times in the head by a masked gunman, who fled into the maze of the camp's alleys. Jay was uninjured, the babysitter hit in the arm. No one has yet been apprehended for Mer Khamis's murder. From that shocking day there has been what can only be seen as a systematic harassment of the Freedom theatre by the Israeli army.

On 27 July last year, masked Israeli soldiers attacked the theatre in the middle of the night. They hurled blocks of stone, smashing their way into the auditorium. Adnan Naghnaghiye, the theatre's head technician, and Bilal Saadi, its chairperson, were taken away. Then in August Rami Awni Hwayel, a 20 year-old student at the theatre's film school who was about to perform in the theatre's adaptation of Alice in Wonderland – an extraordinary project for the West Bank, typical of the Freedom theatre's élan – was stopped at a checkpoint, singled out from among other students and taken away handcuffed and blindfolded.

And just last week the theatre's present artistic director, Nabil Al-Raee, was abducted in the middle of the night by the Israeli army. His wife, Micaela Miranda, described the scene in testimony published by the theatre: "The dog started barking so I went outside and saw soldiers jumping over the gate and come into the yard of the house. They asked for my husband and I asked what for, for it's my right to know and it's my house. The soldiers replied they were not going to tell me. They then took Nabil, brought him to an army jeep and drove off." Al-Raee is now reported to be in the Jalameh detention centre, north of Jenin, inside Israel. According to the theatre, interrogations at Jalameh commonly involve sleep deprivation, psychological pressure, binding in painful positions.

Now the intimidation of the theatre's staff and their families is ever more frequent – and it's not just the Israeli army. The Palestinian Authority has also joined in the attacks. On 13 May Zakaria Zubeidi, a co-founder of the theatre, was arrested by them and taken to Jericho prison. He has not been allowed visits by a lawyer or his family.

The Freedom theatre began as a community project for young people of both sexes. It has expanded into an arts project for the West Bank that also entertains an enthusiastic adult audience; it has started an acting school, and recently launched a film school to train young people for the growing Palestinian film industry. It is a small pool of enlightenment and joy in a dark place.

Israel: many of us defended your National Theatre's right to perform recently at the Globe in London. From the same argument, stop your attacks on the Freedom theatre and release its artists from your prisons.

• For more information please contact

2012 Educator Programs | Seeds of Peace

2012 Summer Course: Expressive Arts; Educational Transformations


OTISFIELD, MAINE | In the Summer of 2012, Seeds of Peace will hold its second two-week summer course for educators from the Middle East, South Asia, and United States. Drawing on the power of the arts to empower youth and address conflict-related issues, the session will focus on “Expressive Arts; Educational Transformations.”

Where there is conflict, the creative arts have a vital role to play as an effective vehicle for engaging youth and building the capacities required for peace. This is especially true when the hostilities and sensitivities of an active conflict make it difficult for educators to use a broader range of curriculum to address issues between divided communities.

This summer, Seeds of Peace will bring educators and arts practitioners together to share best practices, strengthen techniques and develop new skills and resources for educating and empowering youth through the expressive arts. Educators will learn from a diverse range of visiting faculty, staff, and one another. They will have the opportunity to visit local schools, colleges, and organizations engaged with the arts and education. Over the course of two weeks, participants will work together to create action plans for independent and/or cooperative projects to be implemented in their home countries.

This initial group will form the foundation for an ongoing and growing network of educators and artists committed to using the expressive arts as a vehicle for empowerment, cross-cultural understanding, and peacebuilding. Seeds of Peace will also engage internationally-renowned personalities to act as “ambassadors” for the group by using their influence, voice and platform to heighten awareness about the power of the arts to promote and advance peace.


Seeds of Peace welcomes educators and artists to apply from South Asia (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan), the Middle East (Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Palestine) and the United States. Specifically, Seeds of Peace is looking for formal or informal educators with experience in the expressive arts—music, drama, visual arts, creative writing, and/or film making—or a desire to incorporate these tools into their work. Seeds of Peace also encourages practicing artists who want to use their work to engage youth in peacebuilding to apply. Successful applicants will show creativity, competence, and commitment to peacebuilding. Priority will be given to those who have not been to the Seeds of Peace International Camp before, though all applicants will be considered.


The session will take place over the course of two weeks, from July 23-August 7, 2012.


The session will take place at the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Otisfield, Maine, approximately 45 minutes from Portland, Maine, and three hours north of Boston, Massachusetts. Participants live in a traditional American summer camp setting located on Pleasant Lake.


Each participant is asked to contribute 375 USD, a small portion of the costs for lodging, food, activities, transportation, and airfare for international participants. American participants are expected to cover the cost of their transportation to and from Camp. There are scholarships available, and Seeds of Peace will not turn away any participant for financial reasons. Participants must cover the cost of “incidentals,” e.g. gifts or snacks.


Applications are due April 1, 2012. Seeds of Peace expects to select approximately 32 participants and will notify all applicants by May 1, 2012.

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Waiting for Freedom: The Freedom Theatre of Jenin's While Waiting


Waiting for Freedom

Erin Mee

The Freedom Theatre of Jenin's While Waiting

Juliano Mer Khamis and his colleagues Jonatan Stancyk and Zakaria Zubeidi opened The Freedom Theatre in 2006 under unusually difficult circumstances. The Jenin Refugee Camp has a population of 16,000 people who were expelled from their homes in and around Haifa during the 1948 Nakba (in Arabic, “catastrophe”) and in 1967 after the Six-Day War. Mer Khamis estimated that 70% of the population in the camp is unemployed. During the 2002 Battle of Jenin 1,400 homes were destroyed or partially demolished, 1 in 3 people were again rendered homeless, curfews were imposed, and homes were invaded by Israeli soldiers. Residents suffer from a lack of secure housing and from rampant malnutrition.

“The Freedom Theatre,” declared Mer Khamis, who ran the theatre until he was assasinated on April 4, 2011, “is a venue to join the Palestinian people in their struggle for liberation with poetry, music, theatre, cameras. The Israelis succeeded [in destroying] our identity, our social structures, political [and] economical. Our duty as artists is to rebuild or reconstruct this destruction. Who we are, why we are, where we are going, who we want to be.” In a 2009 interview with the BBC, he said: “To be free is to be able to criticize. To be free is to be able to express yourself freely. To be free is to be free first of all [from the] chains of tradition, religion, [and] nationalism (in a dark way I mean). Then you can start to free yourself from others.”

“We believe that the third intifada, the coming intifada, should be cultural, with poetry, music, theatre, cameras, and magazines” declared Mer Khamis. His goal was for The Freedom Theatre to “generate a political artistic movement of artists who are going to raise their voices against women’s discrimination, against children’s discrimination, against violence.” To this end, The Freedom Theatre teaches courses in film, photography, creative writing, and drama therapy. the company offers a three-year theater training program and it has produced original adaptations of the famous Palestinian writer Ghassan Kanafani’s Men in the Sun,[i] George Orwell’s Animal Farm, and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

In fall 2011 the first class of graduates from the theatre’s training program toured universities in the Northeastern United States, speaking to students, training with professionals, and performing While Waiting, their culminating project with the Freedom Theatre (directed by Udi Aloni in the wake of Mer Khamis’s murder). As a supporter of the group and an organizer of the tour, I had an opportunity to see this extraordinary production several times.

An adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, While Waiting begins with a comedy routine about what it’s like to tour a production from Palestine: “Palestinians suffer from a lot of discrimination,” a performer informs the audience. “Not only at the checkpoints. Most people arrive at the airport three hours before their flight. But we, the Freedom Theatre, when we booked our flight we booked fifteen days in New York, and three nights in the airport. The airport stay was like a spa: it was hot, I was naked, and I got a special Security massage…And then, when we got on the flight, I saw that the bathroom says ‘Occupied.’ Occupied! You have been occupying my bathroom for 63 years!” This comic monologue, delivered by Adi Khalefa, specifically locates the production in occupied Palestine, centering the production as a whole on what Didi (Maryam Abu Khaled) and Gogo (Batoul Taleb) do while waiting for freedom, while waiting for a state. This production asks who and what one becomes while waiting, how to behave toward those who share the wait, and how to live a semblance of a normal life without normalizing the Occupation, without giving in to it or giving up on the notion of freedom.

This production asks what happens to the humanity of those who are waiting. It is also examines the ways in which Did and Gogo fill their time with endless acts of creativity in order to survive; in this sense it is also about the power of theatre. Freedom seems like it will never appear. A young girl (played by Milay Mer, Mer Khamis’ daughter) seems to know Godot is out there somewhere, but she has never met him directly, and has no information to offer about what he is like. Freedom, like Godot, is a remote and vague concept, more rumor than reality.

Didi and Gogo are both played by women here. Gogo is not tortured by stones in his boots, but by high heels: by fashion, by socially determined notions of beauty and normative definitions of appropriate behavior for women. For her Godot also represents freedom from gender discrimination.

Pozzo (Rami al-Awni) is extremely wealthy: he wears a crisp white suit with a dashing tie, and carries a basket of appetizing chicken, which Gogo pounces on as if she has not eaten in days. Pozzo has two servants, (Moemen Switat and Eyad Hourani) both dressed poorly, and suffering under the weight of luggage they carry on their shoulders like refugees from the Nakba.

During rehearsals cast members were continuously harassed by the Israeli army: al-Awni was held for three weeks without access to a lawyer, and Switat was forced to attend interrogation sessions daily both before and after rehearsals. As a result, the company decided to cast three people in the role of Lucky so that one would always be able to rehearse; in New York there were only two actors playing the role because the third did not obtain a U.S. visa.

In a post-performance discussion at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, the young actors talked about what the play means to them. For Abu Khaled the drama is about her personal situation after Mer Khamis’ death: “We are waiting for Godot, waiting for some
thing, waiting for our future.” For Taleb, Beckett’s tragicomedy is about “waiting for freedom.” Hourani said: “I’m waiting for all of us to be human.” For Mustafa Staiti, who created the video clips used in the production, “it’s not only about sitting and waiting, it’s about doing something, and start[ing] to take responsibility, because all the Palestinian people have been waiting for a leader. It’s about: stop waiting and start doing something. This is what this play means to me.”


Theater, an international journal of criticism, plays, and reporting on contemporary performance, is edited by the Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre and published three times a year by Duke University Press.

Jenin Freedom Theatre Director Zakaria Zubeidi ordered by Israel to turn himself in to PA security services

by Today in Palestine on December 29, 2011 1

Palestinian pardoned by Israel put back on wanted list
Zakaria Zbeidi, the former commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Jenin who now runs the Freedom Theater, says he did not know his pardon was canceled. Zakaria Zbeidi, the former commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Jenin who was pardoned by Israel two years ago, has been added to Israel's wanted list again. In recent days, Palestinian security services informed Zbeidi that upon Israel's request, he must remain in the Palestinian Authority's detention facilities during all hours of the day and night, otherwise Israel will arrest him. Zbeidi confirmed the report to Haaretz, yet said he did not know why the pardon was rescinded. Last week, Palestinian security forces arrested one of Zbeidi's brothers, along with one of the workers at Jenin's Freedom Theater, which Zbeidi directs.
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[TOPLAB-ANNOUNCE] Update for The Freedom Theatre in Jenin 8/27/2011‏

The following update from Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre wasreceived earlier this evening. –TOPLAB *** Friends of the Jenin Freedom TheatrePO Box 592Tarrytown, NY 10591(917) 

ACTION UPDATE First: thank you to the hundreds of people from all over the world whoresponded to the Jenin Freedom Theatre's call for assistance, whetherby signing the protest statement, or by calling Israelirepresentatives both in the West Bank and in Washington, DC. You have demonstrated that people all over the world care about TheFreedom Theatre and are willing to make their voices heard! (Background: the Israeli army invaded The Freedom Theatre in the Jeninrefugee camp on July 27, 2011 at 3:30 a.m., smashing or cracking mostof its windows with large stones and arresting Adnan Naghnaghiye, thefacilities manager and Bilaal Saadi, the Board chair, on the spot. Afew days later, Rami Hwaywel, a 20-year old drama student was stoppedat a checkpoint, blindfolded and arrested.) Adnan and Bilaal were released from detention on August 23, 2011, andare back with their much-relieved colleagues and families. Thepressure we collectively brought to bear may have been a crucialcomponent of this outcome! We are expecting Rami, the featured player in an upcoming FreedomTheatre production, to be released within days. The assault against The Freedom Theatre, however, continues. At 2:00a.m. on August 22, the Israeli army attacked The Freedom Theatreagain, arresting Mohammad Eisht Naghnaghiye (Adnan's brother) who isthe Theatre's security guard. When Jacob Gough (the Theatre's ActingManager) arrived on the scene, the army forced him to strip atgunpoint. As Gough reported, "they beat Mohammed before taking himaway in handcuffs and then proceeded to ransack all three floors ofhis family home. As the army left the area they fired live ammunitionin an attempt to disperse the crowds of youth that had gathered andwere throwing rocks." No charges have been made against Mohammad Eisht Naghnaghiye. What you can do now: Please keep the pressure on to 1) release Mohammad 2) demand that the Israeli military leave The Freedom Theatre alone Please call: * The District Commanding Officer (DCO) of the Jenin Region:+972-2-970-3018. * Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren: (202) 364-5500;e-mail: * Sarit Arbell, Director of Cultural Affairs at the IsraeliEmbassy: (202) 364-5676; e-mail: 3) contribute funds to The Theatre's legal defense needs, which are,as of now, $5,500 and climbing.

Online donations: Checks: Small donations can be made payable to The Friends of theJenin Freedom Theatre, Inc.; for tax-deductible donations, please makechecks payable to Grassroots International with "Jenin FreedomTheatre" on the memo line, and send to the address below. Again, thank you for what you have already done to support The FreedomTheatre, and for your continued support in protecting this vitalcultural institution in Palestine! From all of us at Friends of the Jenin Freedom TheatrePO Box 592Tarrytown, NY

[TOPLAB-ANNOUNCE] Memorial Tribute to Juliano Mer-Khamis 4/12/2011 NYC‏

The Brecht Forum, Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre and
Existence is Resistance present

A memorial tribute to Juliano Mer-Khamis and a screening of his film,
Arna's Children

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm

at the Brecht Forum
451 West Street (West Side Highway, at Bank Street,
one block north of West Eleventh Street)
New York City

Juliano Mer-Khamis (1958-2011), actor, director, peace activist and
founder of the Jenin Freedom Theatre was murdered in front of his
theater on Monday April 4. In the wake of this tragic event, we shall
commemorate Juliano's life and life's work by screening Arna's
Children, a film he directed about his mother's work and out of which
he formed the ground-breaking Jenin Freedom Theatre, based in the
Jenin refugee camp in occupied Palestine.

This personal narrative tells the story of a children's theater group
on the West Bank that was established by Arna Mer Khamis, who grew up
in a Zionist family and later married a Palestinian Arab. Directed by
Arna's son Juliano, Arna's Children shifts back and forth in time to
show the children in rehearsal from 1989 to 1996, and then revisits
them later to discover the tragic fates that awaited three of them.
Devastating and shocking, the film reveals the tragedy and horror of
lives trapped by the circumstances of the Israeli occupation.

Admission–sliding scale: $6/$10/$15
Reserve online at

For additional information contact

Constancia Dinky Romilly
Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre
PO Box 1125
New York, New York 10276

This event is a fundraiser to help continue the work of Friends of the
Jenin Freedom Theatre.