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Monday
14
MAY

At 70: A Celebration of Contemporary Palestinian Culture

18:30
20:00
Amos Trust
Event organized by Amos Trust

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2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the 1948 Palestinian exodus, also known as the Nakba or "catastrophe".

UK-based Palestinian writers and directors Ahmed Masoud and Ahmed Najar have teamed up with fellow Gazan Khaled Ziada - founder of Arabic culture promoters MARSM UK - to bring you this week-long festival of theatre, dance, films and talks commemorating the Palestinian experience of dispossession and loss of a homeland.

Working closely with Amnesty International UK, the Hoping Foundation, Amos Trust, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Al Zaytouna Dance Theatre they have brought together this creative response to decades of injustice.

EVENTS:

The Shroud Maker by Ahmed Masoud:
This one-woman comedy weaves comic fantasy and satire with true stories told first hand to the writer, and offers a vivid portrait of Palestinian life in Gaza.

Project 51 by Al Zaytouna Dance Theatre with Hava Dance Group, written and directed by Ahmed Najar:
This performance centres oround a Gazan man trying to distract his daughter from explosions and the sound of drones and military aeroplanes through the creative use oftraditional Palestinian folk dance ‘Dabke’ which blends seamlessly with modern dance and theatre.

Sanaa Moussa by Marsm:
Renowned Palestinian singer Sana Moussa’s work is a tribute to Palestinian women’s folklore and a celebration of indigenous traditions in the face of occupation and globalization.

Palestinian Refugees and the Right of Return by Palestine Solidarity Campaign:
This conference will include sessions on international law, the historical background of the displacement, experiences of refugees and the various discourses encompassing the right of return.

Portraits of Palestine: a case study from the British Colonial Archive:
This 1947 British colonial propaganda film shows how the British government sought to present its role in Palestine at the very end of the Mandate period by using archival documents to tell the full story of the film’s production.

Kings and Extras: Digging for a Palestinian Image:
An increasingly absurd search for missing films made by the PLO media ends up leading director El Hassan on a journey through Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, accurately reflecting the situation in the Middle East; a failed revolution, the problematic relationship with the Arab neighbours and the question of a Palestinian identity today.

For more information about the events, please visit our website at www.70palestine.com.

TICKETS COMING SOON!

Monday 14th May:
18:30 - The Shroud Maker by Ahmed Masoud [Play]
20:00 - Portraits of Palestine: a case study from the British Colonial Archive [Film Screening]
21:00 - Q&A

Tuesday 15th May:
18:30 - The Shroud Maker by Ahmed Masoud [Play]
20:00 - Presentation by Amnesty International UK [Talk]

Wednesday 16th May:
18:30 - Presentation by Amos Trust [Talk]
19:30 - The Shroud Maker by Ahmed Masoud [Play]

Thursday 17th May:
18:30 - The Shroud Maker by Ahmed Masoud [Play]
20:00 - Music Performance by Sanaa Moussa سناء موسى [Concert]

Friday 18th May:
19:30 - Project 51 by Al Zaytouna Dance Theatre with Hava Dance Group [Dance Performance]
21:00 - Music Performance by Sanaa Moussa سناء موسى [Concert]

Saturday 19th May:
18:30 - The Shroud Maker by Ahmed Masoud [Play]
20:00 - Project 51 by Al Zaytouna Dance Theatre with Hava Dance Group [Dance Performance]
21:15 - Q&A

Sunday 20th May:
09:30 - Palestinian Refugees and the Right of Return [PSC Conference]
17:00 - The Shroud Maker by Ahmed Masoud [Play]
18:30 - Kings and Extras: Digging for a Palestinian Image [Film Screening]
19:30 - Q&A

Venue

RADA Studios