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MIRAL: Discussion with Director Julian Schnabel & Novelist Rula Jebreal
Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

MIRAL: Discussion with Director Julian Schnabel & Novelist Rula Jebreal


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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.

 

Moderated by Professors:

HAMID DABASHI, Professor of Iranian Studies & Comparative Literature, Columbia University

HELGA TAWIL-SOURI, Professor of Media, Culture, & Communication, NYU

 

Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Cosponsors

The Middle East Institute

Columbia Film School, Carla Kuhn Series


417 Altschul Auditorium, International Affairs Building, Columbia University
420 West 118th Street, NY, NY 10027


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REMEMBERING MAHMOUD DARWISH: A talk with Marcel Khalife
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

REMEMBERING MAHMOUD DARWISH: A talk with Marcel Khalife


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Marcel Khalife will deliver a speech to pay tribute to the life and works of Mahmoud Darwish. In addition, he will perform a couple of his own compositions. Preceding Khalife's discussion, there will be Arabic and English readings of Darwish's poetry by OMAR KHALIFAH & TALA HADID.


Mahmoud Darwish was born on March 13, 1941 in Al Birweh, Palestine. Recognized as the Palestinian national poet and an icon, Darwish?s work embodies the Palestinian cause from the nakba until his passing in 2008. 

His earliest poetry used imagery that could relate intimately to Palestinian villagers. He wrote of olive groves and orchards, the rocks and plants, basil and thyme. In spite of an apparent simplicity, his short poems have several levels of meaning and express an array of emotions from anger, outrage and injustice to irony and a universal humanity. For Darwish the issue of Palestine became a prism for an internationalist feeling. His work embodies the Palestinian plight and also celebrated the beauty of Palestinian culture and identity.

 

Marcel Khalife is a distinguished composer, singer, and oud player that is best known for liberating the oud, an instrument integral to Arabic culture, from its traditionally strict techniques, expanding its musical possibilities, and contributing to its artistic and cultural revival. Over the decades, Khalife?s music and his own compositions have signified peace, reconciliation and breaking boundaries. He uses musical influences from both Christian and Muslim traditions to create a sound that is always innovative, inspiring, and beautiful. Many of his recordings utilize traditional instruments mixed with western mainstays depicting a sophisticated musical marriage of classical Arabic and jazz music. As a composer, he demonstrates a deep attachment to and a profound understanding of the power of the written word. Khalife has distinguished himself not only as a virtuosic oud player but also as a talented composer.

Khalife's educational and humanitarian contributions are as numerous as his creative endeavors. A tireless promoter of the arts and culture in the Arab world, he has been the recipient of many prominent awards and has performed in the most prestigious music venues in the world. In his quest to renew the vibrancy and significance of the Arabic song, he has based songs on the words of some of the great contemporary Arab poets, particularly the Palestinian poet and journalist who eloquently wrote of the exile, struggles, and hopes of the Palestinian people, Mahmoud Darwish.

 
Mahmoud Darwish is the Essential Breath of the Palestinian people, the eloquent witness of exile and belonging, exquisitely tuned singer of images that invoke, link, and shine a brilliant light into the world’s whole heart. What he speaks has been embraced by readers around the world?his in an utterly necessary voice, unforgettable once discovered.
— Naomi Shihab Nye

Cosponsor

The Middle East Institute




Room 417, Altschul Auditorium, International Affairs Building
1190 Amsterdam Avenue (enter gates on 116th and Broadway), New York, Ny 10027


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Dreams of a Nation: a Palestinian Film Festival
Feb
2
to Feb 6

Dreams of a Nation: a Palestinian Film Festival


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