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|Film Showing and Discussion on Palestine "Arna's Children"|
|Date||Wednesday March 14|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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|ANSWER Coalition Office, 2969 Mission St. at 26th St. (near 24th St. BART/#14, #49 MUNI)|
|answer [at] answersf.org|
With an introduction by Richard Becker, author of "Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Empire" who traveled to Jenin in May 2002 following the massacre.
ARNA’S CHILDREN tells the story of a theatre group that was established in the West Bank by Arna Mer Khamis. Arna—born into a Zionist family—married Palestinian Arab, Saliba Khamis, in the 1950s and opened an alternative education system for children whose regular life was disrupted by the Israeli occupation. The theatre group helped the children express their everyday frustrations, anger, bitterness and fear. Arna’s son Juliano, director of this film, was also a director of Jenin’s theatre. He filmed the children during rehearsal periods from 1989 to 1996 and later went back to find that Yussef had committed a suicide attack in Hadera in 2001, Ashraf was killed in the battle of Jenin, and Alla leads a resistance group. Shifting back and forth in time, the film reveals the tragedy and horror of lives trapped by the circumstances of the Israeli occupation. (85 min., 2004)
On April 4, 2011, Juliano was assassinated in Jenin close to the Freedom Theatre. His assassination was met with universal condemnation. He left behind a legacy of bravery, contempt for all barriers and an undying commitment to cultural resistance and his art.
$5-10 donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Wheelchair accessible. Refreshments provided.