New Palestinian Film Set to Screen at International Film Festivals in Toronto and New York
“This is a story that just so happens to occur in the Occupied Palestinian Territories –- but it could happen anywhere,” says Waleed Zuaiter of the new film Omar.
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad, perhaps best known for the Academy Award-nominated and winner of the Golden Globe for best foreign language film Paradise Now (2005), Omar has received critical acclaim since premiering at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation and was awarded a jury prize for Un Certain Regard which recognizes young talent and innovative works.
Palestinian musician Hanni El Khatib on David Letterman
Los Angeles-based musician and singer Hanni El Khatib performed his blend of garage rock, thrash metal and blues on David Letterman last night. El Khatib is half Palestinian.
The Generous Wilderness of Yacoub al-Khayyat
"I noticed that the darkest part of the night is the moment just before the light begins to appear," says Yacoub al-Khayyat, standing in the middle of a meadow with a bouquet of wild plants, including spectacular thorns, delicate white and yellow flowers, fragrant laurel leaves, a cluster of small red berries called 'ulleiq, and a sprig with tiny reddish "nuts" called botm, which are slightly larger than peppercorns.
White sheets covered with a brown spread of cooked grape juice hang every August off my Aunt Hilda's balcony. It takes her more than three days to create a delicacy that ignites the palate with the intense flavours of qraish (pine nuts), sesame, and the refreshing zest of Palestine's Dabuki grapes straight from her garden - all of which create the perfect fruit leather: malban.
Hany Abu-Assad: Award-winning Filmmaker
For award-winning Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, cinema serves as a tool of resistance. From escaping to the cinema as a child to his own 2006 Golden Globe winning and Oscar nominated film Paradise Now, Abu-Assad has utilized film as a means of exploring different manifestations of oppression.
Arab Idol contestant wins over fans as the 'voice of Gaza'
With his glinting smile and powerful vocals captivating audiences and panel of judges, an Arab Idol contestant has become the first Palestinian to advance into a late stage of the pan-Arab talent competition. Mohammed Assaf, from Gaza, has become a national icon among Palestinians.
'Omar' and 'Condom Lead' will fly Palestine flag at Cannes
Ahmed and Mohamed Abu Nasser were born in 1988 in Gaza, where there are no movie theaters. But the twins, who work under the names Tarzan and Arab, were determined to make movies, so they would run home from school to their computer, where they would watch six, seven films in a single run, and then dream up imaginary plots and titles and make posters for the pretend projects.
Father Ibrahim Shomali: Catholic Priest
After a long battle against the building of the separation wall in the Cremisan valley in Beit Jala, Israeli Special Appeals Committee ruled in favor of building the wall on April 24. This decision will deprive people from Beit Jala from their right to practice their religious, agricultural, and cultural traditions by severing them from the lands that have been in their families for generations. Father Ibrahim Shomali is the Catholic parish priest who has been leading an open-air mass in the valley in hopes to save the valley.
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