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Arna’s Children

Arna’s Children

Published on Aug 28, 2012

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ARNA’S CHILDREN tells the story of a theatre group that was established by Arna Mer Khamis. Arna comes from a Zionist family and in the 1950s married a Palestinian Arab, Saliba Khamis. On the West Bank, she opened an alternative education system for children whose regular life was disrupted by the Israeli occupation. The theatre group that she started engaged children from Jenin, helping them to express their everyday frustrations, anger, bitterness and fear. Arna’s son Juliano, director of this film, was also one of the directors of Jenin’s theatre. With his camera, he filmed the children during rehearsal periods from 1989 to 1996. Now, he goes back to see what happened to them. Yussef committed a suicide attack in Hadera in 2001, Ashraf was killed in the battle of Jenin, Alla leads a resistance group. Juliano, who today is one of the leading actors in the region, looks back in time in Jenin, trying to understand the choices made by the children he loved and worked with. Eight years ago, the theatre was closed and life became static and paralysed. Shifting back and forth in time, the film reveals the tragedy and horror of lives trapped by the circumstances of the Israeli occupation.
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Uploaded on May 9, 2011

Juliano Mer Khamis taking questions after a showing of his film “Arna’s Children” at the Pioneer Theater in NYC on December 4th, 2006.




Uploaded on Apr 4, 2011

Jenin Freedom Theater director Juliano Mer-Khamis interviewed by Detroit Palestinian activist, Hasan Newash on MBN-TV (Mideast Broadcastig Network), April 4, 2005 (29 minutes)
Mer-Khamis was assassinated in a refugee camp in the West Bank city of Jenin today, April 4, 2011, the same day as another peace activist, Martin Luther King Jr (43 years ago in 1968). He was a well-known film and theater actor and director. One of his films is ARNA’S CHILDREN a documentary about his mother who started a children’s theater in Jenin. He took over the project after his mother died of cancer.


Who Killed Juliano Mer-Khamis.flv

Uploaded on Apr 6, 2011

Channel 2 morning show: on the morning of April 5th, 2011, Occupied territories reporter Ohad Hemo, Theatre Professor Avraham Oz (University of Haifa and The Academy of Performing Arts, Tel Aviv) and Film producer Osnat Trabelsi tell hosts Eynav Galilli and Hila Korach about assassinated Israel/Palestinian actor, director and drama teacher Juliano Mer-Khamis, founder and director of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin refugee camp, on the premises of his theatre on April 4th, 2011.


Juliano Mer-Khamis Memorial

Published on Apr 11, 2013

A Memorial at Brecht Forum for Juliano Mer-Khamis founder of the Freedom Theater in Jenin for Palestinians who was slain April 4, 2011.

From WikiPedia: Juliano Khamis; ‎29 May 1958 — 4 April 2011 was an Israeli/Palestinian actor, director, filmmaker, and political activist of Jewish and native Palestinian Greek Orthodox Christian parentage. On 4 April 2011, he was assassinated by a masked gunman in the Palestinian city of Jenin, where he established the Freedom Theatre. Juliano Khamis (later Mer-Khamis) was born in Nazareth, the son of Arna Mer-Khamis, a Jewish communist, and Saliba Khamis, an Israeli Arab of Greek Orthodox Palestinian Christian descent who was an intellectual as well as one of the leaders of the Israeli Communist Party in the 1950s. He had two brothers, Spartacus and Abir. His maternal grandfather was Gideon Mer, a scientist who pioneered the study of malaria during the British Mandate. In his youth, he adopted his maternal surname, Mer, and served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a combat soldier in the Paratroopers Brigade. In a 2009 interview with Israel Army Radio, Mer-Khamis said of his background: “I am 100 percent Palestinian and 100 percent Jewish.” Mer-Khamis was married to Jenny Nyman, a Finnish activist he met in Haifa. They had a son, Jay, and were expecting the birth of twins at the time of his death.

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