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a resistance travelogue on art & creativity as ammunition in the battle for peace with justice.

Watch the film trailer:

When: APRIL 27 @7:30pm
Where: Columbia University, 420 West 118th Street (between Amsterdam and Morningside Drive), Room 417, Int’l Affairs Building

FREE, if you can make it, email us:
POST-SCREENING party TBA at the screening
Event organized by Columbia’s Arab Student Association at the School of Int’l and Public Affairs

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Discussion with Director Julian Schnabel & Novelist Rula Jebreal
When: 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Where: 417 Altschul Auditorium, International Affairs Building, Columbia University,
420 West 118th Street, NY, NY 10027

Moderated by Professors:

HAMID DABASHI, Professor of Iranian Studies & Comparative Literature, Columbia University HELGA TAWIL-SOURI, Professor of Media, Culture, & Communication, NYU

From Academy Award nominated director Julian Schnabel and based on the autobiographical novel of Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal, Miral tells the story of three generations of Palestinian women as they navigate the complexities of life after the creation of the state of Israel. Shot in Jerusalem, the film charts decades of history, from the onset of Israel’s occupation to the start of the “peace process.” Miral provides an unprecedented lens on Palestinian stories as told through Palestinian voices and experiences. Schnabel and Jebreal will discuss the political, historical, and artistic context of the movie, including the difficulties of making a movie about Palestine for the mainstream American audience.

Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. This event is sponsored by The Center for Palestine Studies. Co-sponsored by the Middle East Institute and Columbia Film School Carla Kuhn Series. To learn more about the Miral, please visit:


When: 7 p.m. Tuesday,
March 29, 2011
Where: The Pomegranate Gallery, 133 Greene Street, NY, NY 10012
Price: Free of charge
About the event: Join The Hour of Sunlight co-author Jen Marlowe as she reads from and discusses her new book, written with and about Sami Al Jundi. (Sami will be “in the room” via video.) The Hour of Sunlight describes Sami Al Jundi’s extraordinary metamorphosis from a militant to a passionate advocate of nonviolence and peaceful reconciliation.  The Hour of Sunlight offers a perspective that is sorely missing from the mainstream media’s portrayal of Palestinians. Marked by honesty, humor, pain, and, ultimately, compassion for all Palestinians and Israelis, The Hour of Sunlight charts an inspiring journey of perseverance and personal transformation. In so doing it illuminates the Palestinian experience through the story of one man’s impassioned struggle for Middle East peace.
Click here to buy the book.

2. DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts

When: March 25-26, 2011
The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10016
All programs are free and open to the public.
About the Program:
DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts is a biennial program of the Arab American National Museum (AANM). DIWAN unites Arab American artists, scholars and performers representing myriad academic fields and artistic genres for a weekend dialogue that reinforces the AANM’s commitment to providing a place for community members and artists to meet, exchange ideas and exhibit their work. DIWAN also encourages audiences to expore the boundaries of art in addressing social issues related to Arab Americans and the community at large.
This year’s program features artists Andrea Assa, Ibtisam Barakat, Leila Buck, Randa Jarrar, Khaled Mattawa, Kareem Roustom and many more!
Click here for the detailed schedule.

On Feb. 22, 2011, Project Palestine hosted “From Egypt to Palestine: The Impact of Poetry on Middle Eastern Revolutions.” The event featured Spoken Word Artist Tahani Salah and Columbia University Arabic Literature Professor Muhsin al-Musawi.

“#Jan25,” featuring Freeway, The Narcicyst, Omar Offendum, Amir Sulaiman, and Ayah
“President, Your People Are Dying,” by El General (Hamada Ben Amor)