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The Freedom Theatre, Jenin, West Bank, Palestine

The Freedom Theatre, Jenin, West Bank, Palestine

THE FREEDOM THEATRE

Stand up for West Bank’s Freedom theatre

Uploaded on Oct 10, 2008

An organization started by Juliano Mer Khamis that I volunteered at in the summer of ’08 in the Jenin Refugee Camp in Jenin, the heartland of the West Bank in Palestine.

During the summer Lisa Fender and I taught storytelling, cinema photography, video editing to the theatre’s instructors.

As a final project we all worked on this video telling people what The Freedom Theatre is and what it does.

Lisa even managed to get ‘detained’ in a detention centre by the Israeli military while doing some of the filming for this piece.

Produced, Directed, Shot and Cut by Ben Aylsworth, Lisa Fender, Tareq, Mustafa, Ahmed and Muhammed.

http://www.youtube.com/user/thefreedomtheatre

The New Freedom Theatre in Jenin City

Uploaded on Sep 20, 2010

The Freedom Theatre is building a new theatre in Jenin City! The space will open in September 2010…

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2011/oct/26/jenin-freedom-theatre-what-else

Leading Palestinian Peace Activist & Theater Director, Juliano Mer-Khamis, Killed in Jenin

Uploaded on Apr 5, 2011

DemocracyNow.org –
Palestinians, artists and peace activists worldwide are mourning the loss of a leading figure in Palestinian creative non-violence resistance. Juliano Mer Khamis, the founder of a theater for Palestinian children, was killed Monday by masked assailants in the West Bank town of Jenin. He had received a number of death threats from extremist Palestinians for his work with the Jenin Freedom Theatre. The theatre has helped Palestinian youths deal with the hardships of life under Israeli occupation by expressing themselves through the arts—film, photography, art and theater. Democracy Now! interviews Nabeel Raee, director of the acting school at the Jenin Freedom Theatre, where he worked closely with Mer-Khamis for many years, and by Constancia “Dinky” Romilly, founder and president of the board of the New York City-based Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre, who also worked closely with the program in Jenin.

For the video/audio podcast, transcript, and to sign up for the daily news digest, visit http://www.democracynow.org/2011/4/5/…

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Juliano Mer-Khamis predicted his own murder by Palestinians

Uploaded on Apr 7, 2011

Arab Israeli Actor Juliano Mer-Khamis murdered by Arab terrorists, predicted his own death by Palestinians in this video from 2008. He worked at his theater in the Palestinian Arab town of Jenin.

Juliano Mer-Khamis – New York Memorial

Uploaded on Sep 16, 2011

Juliano Mer-Khamis was the founder and director of the Jenin Freedom Theater in the West Bank of Palestine. He was assassinated by a masked gunman front of the Theater.on 4 April 2011. Juliano was an Israeli actor, director, filmmaker and political activist of Jewish and Christian Arab parentage.This New York City memorial was held at St. Paul’s Church on May 4th, 2011.

Juliano spoke of a third, cultural intifada. His work provided encouragement, sense of self, and cultivated the creativity and leadership qualities of the young men and women of Palestine. For this he was murdered.`

Participants included Kathleen Chalfant, Father Gil Martinez, Dinky Romilly, Nabeel al-Ra’ee (video), Music by Simon Shaheen, Abdeen Jabara, Judith Butler, Remi Kanazi, Music by Liz Magnes, Najla Said
Video Tribute from the Jenin Freedom Theater, Udi Aloni, Tony Kushner, Maya Angelou, Haifa Steiti, Linda Chapman, Betty Shamieh
The Freedom Theater Now Video by Jen Marlowe
Closing Poem… Nathalie Handal (read by Kathleen Chalfant)

DAM feat Juliano’s students – Juliano’s way

Published on Apr 4, 2012

Juliano’s way
DAM feat Juliano’s students
produced by jethro

(Juliano’s student)
Jul, I will always remember when you told us that art is a form of revolution, so from this day on we aren’t just revolutionaries, we are artists
Jul, I will never forget the resistance you planted in our hearts

Hook
(Sampled from Into the Night by Benny Mardones)
If I could fly
I’d pick you up
I’d take you into the night
I’d pick you up
Like you’ve never seen
(The Freedom theater)
Jul used to say, standing on a stage and voicing your opinion is called resistance

Suhell Nafar rap:
We stood tall in front of the barriers
While you simply passed over them
You drew a path with an arrow pointing to one way
No turns, no slowing down, there’s only one target
You died with all of your qualities
While the killer is masked afraid of his true face
Jul, who is insane?
Who is sane? Who can see the whole picture?
If we had a pinch of your madness
I guess the word freedom wouldn’t be just a name of a theater
Jul got shot
On the same date that Martin Luther King was shot
They both had a dream, we all had hope,
And a few depressed individuals had guns
You were a script writer & an actor that never followed any script
You gave us Arna’s Children now rest in peace and let us do Juliano’s Children

Hook
(Sampled from Into the Night by Benny Mardones)
If I could fly
I’d pick you up
I’d take you into the night
I’d pick you up
Like you’ve never seen
(Juliano’s student)
He always used to say don’t let one bullet stop you, after 7 bullets in your body we are still standing tall

Tamer Nafar Rap:
If you meet the killer would you ask him?
If Jul’s name was on the black list, write my name after his
Who did you shoot at?
You shot our man; he united Lyd, without
Any special effects he managed to get a monster outta 3 kids
just ask the cops, so tell the occupation to keep on oppressing
We won’t be turned off, tell them to keep on pressing &
We still won’t be turned off, Jul left his Volts
Under our names in his will, but if the killer was one of us
Who did you shoot at?
A theatre? A play? A dance? A painting? Do you call this heresy?
I’m opening the same holy books and can’t find any page
Let me understand it, religion fights the darkness
And art has the same ideology, the difference is:
That you don’t need to turn the stick into a snake so we believe in your ideology
If you resist slavery its enough for us to follow you
Jul, if you lived back in the prophet’s decade
You would’ve protected them with your life
While the ones who shot you are holding the nails & the hammers, rest in peace.

Hook
(Sampled from Into the Night by Benny Mardones)
If I could fly
I’d pick you up
I’d take you into the night
I’d pick you up
Like you’ve never seen
(Juliano’s student)
Freedom starts in our minds, the freedom of speech, and most important the freedom of choosing.

Mahmood Jreri Rap:
I don’t get it, can you kill a culture?
Can art threaten people? Jul answered this question
We met in Lyd, they said you wanted to make a music video
Suddenly I see myself in the middle of a demonstration, so I realized
If the eye behinds the camera is brave
Then you will find a revolution in front of it
I send you roses with deep sadness, all the roads lead
To Jenin, and here is what I have to say
Follow the teacher, don’t be afraid
Of the masked ones that want us to live in darkness
They will be appreciated only by the extremist
While you will light the roads
Getting appreciated by the armed revolutionaries,
The poets, the writers & the actors
And be sure that the theater will be there as well
The sketches of the killer will be dark
While Jul’s parts will be so touching, so colorful
And it will end with: To Be Continued

Hook
(Sampled from Into the Night by Benny Mardones)
If I could fly
I’d pick you up
I’d take you into the night
I’d pick you up
Like you’ve never seen
If I could fly
I’d pick you up
I’d take you into the night
I’d pick you up
Like you’ve never seen

(Juliano’s student)
And you always taught us if we don’t stand together we will be hanged together

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