Screening: Hijacker Lina Makboul and Itmanna

Wed, June 27, 2007 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts Presents

A Screening of

Leila Khaled: Hijacker Lina Makboul Sweden/Jordan, 2005, 58 minutes, Color,DVD, Swedish and Arabic with English Subtitles

Followed by Itmanna (Make A Wish), Cherein Dabis, DVD, 12 minutes, 2006, Arabic with English Subtitles (Director in attendance)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 7:00 PM Free and open to the public Refreshments will be served

About the films Leila Khaled: Hijacker Director: Lina Makboul Sweden/Jordan, 2005, 58 minutes, Color, DVD, Swedish and Arabic with English Subtitles In 1969 Palestinian Leila Khaled made history by becoming the first woman to hijack an airplane. As a Palestinian child growing up in Sweden, filmmaker Lina Makboul admired Khaled for her bold actions; as an adult, she began asking complex questions about the legacy created by her childhood hero. This fascinating documentary is at once a portrait of Khaled, an exploration of the filmmaker’s own understanding of her Palestinian identity, and a complicated examination of the nebulous dichotomy between "terrorist" and "freedom fighter." When Makboul tracks Khaled down, she finds Khaled living an ordinary life in Jordan, still firm in her belief that her actions were necessary and fully justified. The film weaves together scenes with Khaled, archival footage, and interviews with the people who were on the planes Khaled hijacked. Makboul searches for a way to reconcile her understanding of the Palestinian national narrative - which now includes Khaled’s actions - with the negative image she encounters from the rest of the world of Palestinians as bloodthirsty terrorists. At the same time, she comes to know Khaled for the very real person that she is as they talk, travel together, and share meals. The result is a multi-dimensional film unlike any other in its skillful handling of the complexities that arise when liberation movements incorporate violence as a tactic. Lina Makboul lives with her husband in Gothenburg, Sweden. Lina was born in Sweden by Palestinian parents who are from Nablus on the West bank. She started working as a journalist at the Swedish National Radio 1996. In 1998 she began working with television at the Swedish National Television, SVT. LEILA KHALED: HIJACKER is Lina’s debut film.

Followed by Itmanna (Make A Wish), Cherein Dabis, DVD, 12 minutes, 2006, Arabic with English Subtitles (Director in attendance) A young Palestinian girl will do whatever it takes to buy a birthday cake. Eleven year-old Mariam begs her mother for the extra money she needs to buy a cake at the local bakery. Her mother begrudgingly relents, but when Mariam arrives at the bakery, she realizes that she still doesn't have enough. Determined to get the cake, she sets out to brave the obstacles and land some cash. What begins as a simple trip to the bakery turns into a journey that depicts not only the subtle tensions of a politically charged environment, but also illustrates the grief that can result from growing up under occupation. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, Sundance Film Festival, Palm Springs International Festival of Shorts, IFP Market Emerging Narrative Short Films, Dubai International Film Festival Gold Muhr Award for Best Short Film. Cherien Dabis is a Palestinian/Jordanian award-winning filmmaker and television writer who has been recognized by the industry’s top organizations and trade publications, including the Sundance Institute, IFP and Filmmaker Magazine. A 2004 graduate of Columbia University’s Masters of Fine Arts Film program, Dabis’ short films have screened at some of the world’s top film festivals. Currently in development on Amreeka, her feature film writing and directing debut, Dabis was invited to participate in the Sundance Institute’s first ever Middle East Screenwriter’s Lab and the 2006 Cannes Film Festival's inaugural Mediterranean Films Crossing Borders program. Cherien Dabis is 2006 Artist Fellowship recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). This presentation is Co- sponsored by Artists & Audience Exchange, a public program of NYFA."

Last updated: 2007-09-28 11:17:03

Lina Makboul
Lina Makboul
Scene from Itmanna
Scene from Itmanna

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