November 18: Un-euphemizing Palestine
When: 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Where: Columbia University, SIPA Bldg, 420 W. 118th Street, 15th flr
With journalist Nora Barrows-Friedman and poetry performance by Ismail Khalidi and Dina Omar—the idea was inspired by a quote from Arundhati Roy’s new book, Walking with the Comrades. She writes: “the profound unfathomable thing we have lost. As a writer, a fiction writer, I wonder whether the attempt to always be precise, to try and get it all factually right somehow reduces the epic scale of what is really going on.  Does it eventually mask a larger truth?  I worry that I am allowing myself to be railroaded into offering prosaic factual precision when maybe what we need is a feral howl or the transformative power and real precision of poetry.” Free Grape-leaves (in honor of Abu Ghassan) and Debka!

November 19: Born Here: Palestinian Cultural Resistance
When: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: NYU, Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Room 808
The emergence of the hip hop movement in Palestine has since been empowering Palestinian youth to use art to express the struggle for freedom and equality. Join us for a panel featuring DAM hip hop artists Mahmoud Jrere, Tamer Nafar, and Suhell Nafar discussing the inequality experienced by Palestinian citizens of Israel and the use of culture as resistance, followed by a few song performances.

November 19: From Palestine to Brooklyn: DAM Concert
When: 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Where: Southpaw, 125 Fifth Ave. Brooklyn, NY
With off the hook performances by Palestinian hip hop group DAM, DJ OJA, Tamar-Kali and Hardcore Soul Queen.

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November 20:  Laila’s Birthday
As part of Brooklyn Palestinian Spotlight, Netherlands/Palestine/Tunisia, 2008, 72 minutesDirector: Rashid Masharawi
A comically existential fable about a day in the life of a former-judge-turned-taxi driver, on the day of his daughter Laila’s seventh birthday. His only goal is to be home early with a present and a cake, but life takes him through many twists and turns before he gets home. His customers include a young Romeo who hires the taxi to have a place “alone” with his lover; a housewife who’ll stop anywhere there’s a free-food giveaway, armed Palestinian militia members, and an ex-convict who leaves his cell phone in the cab.
Followed by Q&A with Actor Mohammad Bakri
9:15 p.m.
Alpine Cinemas, 6817 5th Avenue, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Mohammad Bakri in "Laila's Birthday"

November 21: Zahra
As part of Brooklyn Palestinian Spotlight Israel, 2009, 60 minutes Director: Mohammad Bakri
With touching personal style and breathtaking cinematography, Director Mohammad Bakri tells the story of his 78 year old aunt Zahara, from the times of pre-state Palestine to present, leading the family with love and wisdom through the many trials of life.
Followed by Q&A with Director Mohammad Bakri
When: 7:00 pm
Where: Alpine Cinemas, 6817 5th Avenue, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

For more info, visit: http://www.otherisrael.org/


November 20: Mina’ al-Thakira (Port of Memory)
2009, Palestine/Germany/ France/United Arab Emirates. Written and directed by Kamal Aljafari (Assistant Professor, Media Studies, The New School.) Aljafari follows his own family’s story after they receive an official order to evacuate their home in Ajami, a seafront neighborhood of once-wealthy homes and villas in Jaffa. The family is thrown into disarray, and, lacking the means to fight back, a mute despair cloaks their lives. Radically poetic, blending mundane gestures of everyday life with evocations of collective memory, Port of Memory travels freely between the subjective and the objective. In Arabic, Hebrew; English subtitles. 63 min.
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Theater 3, The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53 Street  NY, NY

For more info, visit: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/films/1115

"Port of Memory"