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Saturday, 30 November 2013


THE WARREN is an intense drama about the Israeli–Palestinian conflict that challenges the norm and will change your perspective.
Bas​ed on a true story, THE WARREN follows a raid to capture suspected militants by the Israeli Defense Forces during the Second Intifada into the sprawling maze of the Balata Refugee Camp in Palestine. The final confrontation serves as a reminder that humanity can be found in the unlikeliest of places.
The first leg of THE WARREN was filmed on location in Nablus, a West Bank Palestinian city in September 2013.  Nablus is one of the oldest cities in the world, first established 9000 years ago. It was originally called "Shechem" by its Canaanite inhabitants. Nablus is distinguished by its location in a narrow valley between the two mountains Gerizim and Ebal. This makes for an impressive view when you are within the city itself.
During the Second Intifada Nablus was a center of violence between the Israel Defense Forces and Palestinian militant groups. There are many damaged buildings and debris-filled fields around Nablus, the result of past conflicts. Israeli restrictions on the city are generally looser than they used to be, but Nablus continues to be a flash point of conflict between Palestinian and Israelis, as well as internal conflicts that arise between different militant factions that reside in and around the city of Nablus.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 522 residents of Nablus and surrounding refugee camps, including civilians, were killed and 3,104 injured during IDF military operations against militants during the Second Intifada from 28 September 2000 – 8 February 2005.  Israeli soldiers and settlers have also been killed by Palestinian militants from Nablus.*  In April 2002, following the Passover massacre — an attack by Palestinian militants that killed 30 Israeli civilians attending aseder dinner at the Park Hotel in Netanya — Israel launched Operation Defensive Shield, a major military operation in which Nablus was one of the main targets.  At least 80 Palestinians were killed in Nablus during the operation and several houses were destroyed or severely damaged.  The IDF also imposed a curfew on Nablus lasting between April 4 and April 22.  IDF forces reentered Nablus during Operation Determined Path in June 2002, remaining inside the city until the end of September.  Over those three months, there had been more than 70 days of full 24-hour curfews.**
The rich and complex history of Nablus poses unique working conditions and hazards to the filmmakers, but it allows for a deeper exploration of character and the human condition that has already led to the telling of an unforgettable story.
THE WARREN team are planning to return to Palestine this January 2014 to finish filming the interiors of THE WARREN, the very heart of the film.

THE WARREN - TEASER from James Adolphus on Vimeo.

cinema Jenin - arte

When I saw you - film

Jordan, 1967. The world is alive with change: brimming with reawakened energy, new styles, music and an infectious sense of hope. In Jordan, a different kind of change is underway as tens of thousands of refugees pour across the border from Palestine. Having been separated from his father in the chaos of war, Tarek, 11, and his mother Ghaydaa, are amongst this latest wave of refugees. Placed in “temporary” refugee camps made up of tents and prefab houses until they would be able to return, they wait, like the generation before them who arrived in 1948. With difficulties adjusting to life in Harir camp and a longing to be reunited with his father, Tarek searches a way out, and discovers a new hope emerging with the times. Eventually his free spirit and curious nature lead him to a group of people on a journey that will change their lives. 
When I Saw You is the story of people affected by the times around them, in search of something more in their lives. A journey full of adventure, love, humor, and the desire to be free, but most of all this is a story about that moment in a person's life when he wakes up and finds the whole world is open and everything is possible - that moment you feel most alive. It is a journey of the human spirit that knows no borders. 

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Israeli and Palestinian Artists against the Occupation

Paintings by Souad Nasr Makhoul and Abed Abdi Music and e-paintings by Eitan Altman, my wonderfull friend :-)

the freedom theater


The Theatre programme contains activities that introduce particularly the young generation to theatre and drama, providing them with important tools for dealing with the hardships of daily life under occupation.

At the same time, The Freedom Theatre runs several professional training programmes with the aim of building up long-term capacity in the field of theatre, drama and applied theatre.

Our Mission

The Freedom Theatre is developing a vibrant and creative artistic community in the northern part of the West Bank. While emphasizing professionalism and innovation, the aim of the theatre is also to empower youth and women in the community and to explore the potential of arts as an important catalyst for social change.

Through its work, The Freedom Theatre aims to:
  • Raise the quality of performing and visual arts in the area;
  • Offer a space in which children and youth can act, create and express themselves freely and equally, imagine new realities and challenge existing social and cultural barriers;
  • Empower the young generation to use the arts to promote positive change in their community;
  • Break the cultural isolation that separates Jenin from the wider Palestinian and global communities.

Freedom Bus

The Freedom Bus, an initiative of The Freedom Theatre, uses interactive theatre and cultural activism to bear witness, raise awareness and build alliances throughout occupied Palestine and beyond.
Endorsers of the Freedom Bus include Alice Walker, Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis, Judith Butler, John Berger, Peter Brook, Omar Barghouti, Ramy Essam, Maya Angelou and Mairead Maguire. (For a full list of endorsers, click here)

Join the Freedom Bus and take a stand for justice in occupied Palestine!

Website: Blog: freedombuspalestine.wordpress.comFacebook: Twitter: #FreedomBusPal 

World Water Day: Walk for Water Justice in the Jordan Valley

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