Screening: Arna's Children

Tue, October 17, 2006 7:00 pm at Two Boots Pioneer Theater

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Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY

Launch Collaborative Monthly Film & Video Series @ Pioneer Theater

Every 3rd Tuesday of the month join us for the best in features, docs, & shorts that increase awareness of the creative vitality and sociopolitical realities of the Middle East, South Asia, and their diaspora. Given the historical and cultural affinities between these geographic regions, as well as the contemporary political landscape, these two cultural organizations are beginning a series of programming & marketing collaborations that encompass film, video, music, visual art, and literature. In an environment that turns these communities into enemies of the west, we find strength in creating alliances to provide more nuanced, yet genuinely critical views to New York audiences. The dialogue and networking will continue at the complimentary pizza & beer receptions after every screening in the Pioneer Series!

INAUGURAL SCREENING in association with the Ad-Hoc Coalition for Justice in the Middle East. A Special Screening & Discussion to benefit The Freedom Theatre of Jenin Director Juliano Mer Khamis in attendance

ARNA's CHILDREN **Winner 2004 FIPRESCI Prize @ Hot Docs**

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006 PM Two Boots Pioneer Theater 155 East 3rd Street (at Avenue A) Subway: F to 2nd Ave; 6 to Bleecker

Tickets: $9 Adults / $6.50 Pioneer Members Advance Tix: Plus Free Pizza & Beer Reception with the Director after the Screening

ARNA's CHILDREN A film by Juliano Mer Khamis, Palestine/Netherlands, 2004, 85 mins, Arabic/English/Hebrew with English ST.

ARNA’S CHILDREN tells the story of a children's theatre group in Jenin refugee camp that was established by Arna Mer Khamis. Arna, an Israeli from a Zionist family, married a Palestinian, Saliba Khamis. the theatre group she founded helped Jenin's children to express the everyday frustrations, anger, and fear of life under Israeli occupation. Arna’s son Juliano filmed the children during rehearsals from 1989 to 1996. After the battle of Jenin in April, 2002, Juliano went back to see what happened to those children. Yussef committed a suicide attack, Ashraf was killed in the battle of Jenin, and Ala leads a resistance group. The director looks back and tries to understand the choices made by the children he loved and worked with, and the tragedy and horror of lives trapped by the Israeli occupation.

Followed by Q&A with the Director & further conversation at the Free Pizza & Beer Reception at downstairs Den of Cin!

**Portions of the Proceeds to benefit The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp

About 3rd i NY 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. For more info visit: 3rd i NY events are made possible in part through public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities/New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

About The Ad Hoc Coalition for Justice in the Middle East The Ad Hoc 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.-sponsored Israeli aggression in the Middle East. In response to the continuing injustices committed by Israel, which constitute gross violations of international law, the Ad Hoc Coalition stands with the people of the Middle East in their demands for justice, equality, democracy, and respect for human rights. For more info:

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