Palestine in Focus

The Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre (USA) invites you to
Palestine in Focus

Welcome to events in New York, Washington DC and Berkeley in October where The Freedom Theatre’s work will be displayed through photo, film and talks. The traveling exhibition, Palestine in Focus, displays, for the first time in the U.S, The Freedom Theatre’s reach beyond theater and drama.

Verso Books – 20 Jay Street, Brooklyn
Saturday, October 15: 7-9pm*
Sunday, October 16: 3-5pm*

*Please note that a presentation from The Freedom Theatre will begin at 8pm on Saturday (10/15) and 4pm on Sunday (10/16).

Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Avenue NW, Washington DC
Monday, October 17: 5:30-7pm

La Pena Cultural Center – 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Sunday, October 23: 6:30-8:30pm

Mohammed Haj Ibrahim is coordinator of the Multimedia Department at The Freedom Theatre and director of the acclaimed documentary, Journey of a Freedom Fighter, which traces the career of a Freedom Theatre acting graduate from armed struggle to cultural resistance. Baraa Sharqawi teaches photography at the theater. Hala Dhiab is currently a photography student at The Freedom Theatre. Mustafa Sheta is General Secretary of the Freedom Theatre.

The photographs, film clips and recorded narratives in the show offer an opportunity to look through the lens of residents in a refugee camp in the West Bank of Palestine to hear the views of The Freedom Theatre professionals on the role of art as a tool of resistance.

Multimedia is one of several projects at The Freedom Theatre, which was founded in 2006 with a mission to foster creativity and independent thinking in the youth of the refugee camp, who must deal with both military occupation and a traditional society.

Best known for its drama school and its bold and inventive theater productions, The Freedom Theatre has staged 25 plays in the ten years of its existence. Its audiences have numbered over 100,000 adults and children. Its productions have toured in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Portugal, Brazil and India.

The traveling exhibition, Palestine in Focus, displays, for the first time in the U.S, The Freedom Theatre’s reach beyond theater and drama. Its photography and video classes have been especially popular with young women. There also are workshops in creative writing, journalism, drama therapy and teacher training, and, for children, a range of activities including a summer camp.