Screening: Chronicles of the Refugee

Tue, May 20, 2008 7:00 pm at Two Boots Pioneer Theater

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Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i Collaborative Monthly Film Series

C0-Sponsered by Adalah-NY

Special Sneak Preview of "Nakba Dailies"
Part 1 of Seerat Al-Laaji / Chronicles of the Refugee
Produced by Perla Issa, Aseel Mansour and Adam Shapiro/2008/78 min/ Mini-DV.

Trains: F to 2nd Ave, 6 to Astor, R,W to 8 St.
Tickets: $10 Adults / $6.50 Pioneer Members

Join us for the first film of a series of six films about Palestinian refugees, as part of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Nakba.

"Chronicles of the Refugee" is a 6-part documentary film series looking at the global Palestinian refugee experience over the last 60 years. Starting with 'al-Nakba' (catastrophe) in 1948 (part I) and continuing through repeated community and individual expulsions (part II) and enduring discrimination by virtue of being Palestinian (part III), the first three episodes are more historical and informative, presenting an almost comprehensive review of 60 years of dispossession. The last three parts tackle many issues facing Palestinian refugees, and are meant to open up debate on contentious issues. Part IV deals with identity formation and the impact of being in diaspora. Part V looks at strategies for the Right of Return and who is doing what to achieve realization of this right. Part VI focuses on issues of leadership and representation, from the perspective of what kind of representation have Palestinians had over time and what do they want now.

Filmed in over 15 countries, with more than 250 interviews of Palestinian refugees who have lived in over 25 countries, this is the first documentary film to look at the global Palestinian refugee experience over the last 60 years. The film presents Palestinian refugees who were displaced in 1948 and their descendants, and includes the wide range of age, socio-economic status, education level, etc.

"Chronicles of the Refugee" is an independently produced film made by Perla Issa, Aseel Mansour and Adam Shapiro, with a musical score by Tarik "Excentrik" Kazaleh. Funding for the project was made possible through individual contributions and the film is in no way associated with any organization, political party, faction or otherwise.

Film is in Arabic and English with subtitles.

Part I: "Nakba Dailies"
Part II: "Daily Nakbas"
Part III: "Homeland Without ID (papers)"
Part IV: "Identity Without a Homeland"
Part V: "Talk About Return"
Part VI: "Return of the Talk"

Perla Issa is a candidate in the Master of Arts in Arab Studies at Georgetown University. She worked with shapiro on the documentary Nowhere to Flee and is part of a team working on a multi-faceted research and documentary project on Arabs and Terrorism.

Assel Mansour is an indpependant filmmaker from Jordan. His filmography includes: Little Feet (06); Nightmares of Reality, (03) co-director ; Alert Guns (04).

Adam Shapiro is co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement, and has previously made the documentaries About Baghdad (05) and Darfur Diaries (06), Becoming Nadya (07) and Nowhere to Flee (07) .

About the Presenting Organizations:

3rd I New York's monthly film and music salon designed by local
filmmakers and experimental djs showcases the works of independent
filmmakers of South Asian descent and local djs, musicians and
electronica artists. Providing alternative forums for South Asian
filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work not only
increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers
and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion. See for more info

Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East is a grassroots strategic alliance of concerned organizations and individuals in New York, formed to demand an immediate, unconditional, and permanent end to U.S. and U.S.-sponsored Israeli aggression in the Middle East. In response to the continuing injustices committed by the U.S. and Israel, which constitute gross violations of international law, Adalah-NY stands with the people of the Middle East in their demands for justice, equality, democracy, and respect for human rights.

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