Art Knows No Boundaries: Jenin's Freedom Theatre
5-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

Lower Level Auditorium, AANM
Free admission

Artistic Director Nabil al-Raee (below) and acting student Alia Alrosan (left) from The Freedom Theatre in Jenin, Palestine, will appear at the AANM to discuss their important work. Freedom Theatre is a community-based arts and drama project in the Jenin Refugee Camp in the West Bank, Palestine.  

With personal narratives and film clips, al-Raee and Alrosan will explain how The Freedom Theatre is enabling the youth of the camp – devastated by witnessing death, violence and the destruction of their homes in the 2002 invasion – to resist the twofold oppression of military occupation and religious extremism. 

Through free workshops in drama, acting, creative writing, stage production, filmmaking and photography, the young people learn new skills, express their own ideas and develop the self confidence to think independently. Acting students have performed to local audiences in the thousands and have toured the U.S., Europe and South America with a number of staged productions. 

Last year, a graduate of The Freedom Theatre's acting classes made the journey from the Jenin Refugee Camp to Hollywood, as lead actor in the
 Palestinian film Omar, nominated for the Academy Award (Best Foreign Language Film).

Earlier this year, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. presented al-Raee as part of a panel discussion entitled World Stages: Recasting Home, Conflict, Refugees, and Theater.   

In the fall of 2015, The Freedom Theatre will have a two-week residency at the prestigious Public Theater in New York City, bringing its production Suicide Note for Palestine to the U.S.


Learn more about the history and programs of The Freedom Theatre HERE.

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