On Thursday, February 15, we will be hosting a film screening of "Arabic Movie", followed by a Q&A with Director Eyal Sagui Bizawe!
Film Synopsis from Go2Films:
"So many Israelis still wax nostalgic about that old Friday afternoon ritual, back in the times when television had just one channel. Everyone would watch the Arab movie of the week, but did anybody ever wonder how Israel's official TV station was able to transcend hostile boundaries to obtain these films, and why it insisted on showing movies made by "the enemy"? The Arabic-language movie from Egypt let some of us escape back to our original homeland, and let others peek out from our "villa in the jungle" and catch a glimpse of our neighbors across the border. But most of us didn't really want to see the people whose culture, anguish, and aspirations were reflected on our screens. Arabic Movie brings us the stars and the songs, the convoluted plots, and that fleeting moment when we shared the same cultural heroes as everyone else in the Middle East. But this film about the richness and intensity of Egyptian cinema also raises some disturbing questions."
We hope you can join us for Roy Horovitz's performance of My First Sony, a play by Benny Barbash and an award-winning monodrama, which has toured Israel and abroad to great acclaim for more than 13 years. My First Sony is a story about the deterioration of an Israeli family, told by Yotam, an eleven year old child obsessed with documentation who records everything on his children's tape recorder.
Shalom (Shuli) Dichter, civil-society educator and peace advocate in Israel. Dichter is the executive director of the Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel, providing bilingual Hebrew and Arabic schools and community activities for Arab and Jewish people together.
His book, "Beyond Good Intentions," is about relationships between Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel and offers a new direction for Jewish people. Dichter says this is the “Game Changing Model for Peace in Israel” and a model that can be applied equally well for peace here in the USA. Dichter offers what he considers both a critical and constructive approach to the issue. He and his wife Avital, an art teacher, live in the Kibbutz Ma’anit near the Kfar Kara School and are the parents of three children.
Iris Eliya-Cohen, Israeli writer, poet and winner of the Prime Minister's Prize for Literature for 2015, will discuss feminine and Mizrachi writing, Israeli society and the politics of identities as reflected in her books and her latest book dealing with the kidnapping of Yemenite children. She will also talk about the differences between writing novels and writing poetry and will conclude the lecture with a reading of her poems.