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  • DAM performance at the theatre! | The Freedom Theatre
    DAM was set up in the late 90s and today forms one of the leading forces on the newly emerging Palestinian rap scene The DAM performance is preceded by a screening of Slingshot Hip Hop the first feature length documentary about the Palestinian hip hop movement At the cutting edge of this emerging Middle Eastern youth culture it is a fresh complex and energising window into contemporary life in Palestine

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  • First youth photo exhibition opens | The Freedom Theatre
    Portugal Scotland Sweden UK USA Supporters عربي Home News First youth photo exhibition opens First youth photo exhibition opens On June 6 2008 at 17 00 The Freedom Theatre opens its first photography exhibition prepared by children and youth in Jenin Refugee Camp The exhibition is called Freedom and Oppression In preparation for this exhibition children and youth in Jenin Refugee Camp embarked on an artistic journey exploring the concept of freedom and exposing the oppression which affects Palestinians today in their homes their community and as a nation From the familiarity of the camp the young photographers crossed checkpoints and roadblocks to travel through the West Bank to Bethlehem for the first time in their lives standing face to face with the imposing Separation Wall At the end of the photographic journey their pictures reflect their exploration into the freedoms of movement choice and play the freedom from discrimination poverty and racism and the most fundamental of all the freedom to live Without violence without oppression and without Occupation For more information contact us by phone 04 2503345 or by email info thefreedomtheatre org 2008 06 02 Johanna Share tweet Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will

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  • The Journey begins…. | The Freedom Theatre
    Portugal Scotland Sweden UK USA Supporters عربي Home News The Journey begins The Journey begins The Bad Boys youth acting group have opened their new play The Journey in front of a full theatre hall in Jenin Camp Defying the stormy conditions of this winter day in Jenin Camp the crowd came flooding in to see their young boys take to the stage some of them for the first time in their lives The new play tells the story of five young Palestinian boys whose journey from the refugee camp to the sea turns into a great internal journey from the harsh reality of life under occupation to their aspirations for a better future The Journey has developed out of the play To Be or Not To Be performed at the theatre last summer Under the direction of Nabil Alraee the young actors have rewritten and developed the story adding new scenes and twists to the play After the opening show on January 29 the play will continue to be performed at The Freedom Theatre on a daily basis over a period of two weeks 2008 01 30 Johanna Share tweet Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will

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  • A Dramatic Revival | The Freedom Theatre
    narrow that a child could extend both arms and touch the concrete walls of the homes on either side there was very little room for creativity and almost no place for hope By 1993 the project had over 1 500 camp children enrolled in artistic activities Mer Khamis was awarded the 1993 Alternative Peace Prize She used the funds from the prize to open a children s theatre in Jenin Her son Juliano captured this success story as well the later tragedies in a 2004 documentary titled Arna s Children The child under military occupation is affected psychologically emotionally and academically Mer Khamis says in the film The socialization of the child is the most basic thing in its life if you see children only as individuals in fact you can be indirectly deepening their problems In 1995 Mer Khamis succumbed to a long battle with cancer and the Care and Learning project fell into decay Arna s children the refugee kids in the camp took disparate paths to adulthood as the film exposes and some of them even became militant resistors to the Israeli occupation One child Yussef carried out a suicide attack in the Israeli town of Hadera in 2001 Another Ashraf died fighting the Israeli invasion of Jenin in 2002 During the invasion and rebuilding process following the destruction of the camp Juliano and several foreign volunteers returned to the camp often and together with some of the local Palestinian leaders they decided to re open the children s theatre By the spring of 2006 they had the bare minimum of funds donated from private contributors from Europe and the U S and banked from the sales of Arna s Children and space to open the Freedom Theatre Childhood is like a performing art says Yonatan a young actor and one of the Israeli volunteers here It needs a freedom to express itself Many of the children in Jenin are deeply disturbed which affects their ability to work together to communicate and to learn discipline Drama teaches them space and space is important for conceptualizing expressions of freedom In Jenin it is difficult to imagine free space anywhere The refugee camp with its history of violence and despair presents a challenging marketplace for creativity and enthusiasm There are nearly 16 000 residents of Jenin refugee camp living on roughly a square kilometre of land 42 percent or 6 600 are children under the age of 15 Most of the camp s inhabitants descendents of Palestinians from the region that is now the Israeli city of Haifa who fled the wars of 1948 and 1967 have never left the environs of the camp Since the Intifada began in 2000 most have been restricted because of their status as refugees from crossing Israeli military checkpoints even within the West Bank The children have everything they need to live but the occupation prevents it notes Fadi a Palestinian volunteer and a resident of the camp We are sitting in what

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  • The Cycle of Violence | The Freedom Theatre
    SUPPORTERS France Germany Portugal Scotland Sweden UK USA Supporters عربي Home News The Cycle of Violence The Cycle of Violence The last few days in Jenin has brought few good news On an almost daily basis the Israeli army has entered the camp and left dead and wounded behind The sounds of the night alongside the song of crickets and roosters are filled with gunfire Today an attempt to turn this cycle of violence towards a cycle of peace was stopped at the very gate of Jenin The children of the camp were eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Peace Cycle a manifestation involving cyclists from all over Europe cycling to Palestine to show solidarity and support Unfortunately the cyclists waited for over eight hours in vain and were turned away at the Jalame checkpoint The Freedom Theatre together with friends from Jenin camp had prepared an evening of music to welcome the cyclists Instead of music the sky was filled with the sound of Apache helicopters passing by overhead Just outside Jenin they left four people dead and over 15 wounded 2007 09 01 Johanna Share tweet Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published

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  • To be or not to be | The Freedom Theatre
    DONATE FRIENDS SUPPORTERS France Germany Portugal Scotland Sweden UK USA Supporters عربي Home News To be or not to be To be or not to be At 6pm Wednesday evening August 15 the theatre hall in Jenin Camp is full The audience is waiting for the lights to go out and to welcome on stage the first of The Freedom Theatre s own theatre productions To Be or Not to Be The play performed by The Freedom Theatre boys acting group tells the story of a group of young Palestinians who decide to embark on a journey to the sea However the daily reality of life under Occupation puts some obstacles on their way In front of a full audience these new young actors put up a very successful opening show of their first production reflecting at once the joys troubles and dreams of youth in Occupied Palestine The play was directed by young Palestinian actor and director Nabil Raee who also wrote the script in cooperation with the actors themselves 2007 08 16 Johanna Share tweet To Be or Not to Be A group of young Palestinians decide to embark on a journey to the sea However the daily

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  • The Return… | The Freedom Theatre
    projects are being presented at this event Children who took part in a Birthright Unplugged trip to Jerusalem Haifa and surrounding villages where their families were expelled from in 1948 present photographs they took during the visit The young participants of a recent video documentation project Dreaming in Palestine organised by Voices Beyond Walls and supported by HOPING Foundation present their short films whereas the third project being presented is a creative writing and photography project called Refuge Works produced as part of Refuge have been compiled into a book and are now being presented in the form of a photography display and poetry reading For more information call us on 042503345 or email us at info thefreedomtheatre org Schedule 16 00 17 00 Official opening of the event for parents friends and other guests takes place in the workshop room Children participating in the Birthright Unplugged trip will speak of their experiences during visits to villages 17 00 17 15 Opening by Juliano Mer Khamis General Director of The Freedom Theatre in the theatre space 17 15 18 15 Children taking part in the Birthright Unplugged as well as the Refuge project present their works This includes a photography

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  • Generation Palestine | The Freedom Theatre
    with children and youth at The Freedom Theatre During acting workshops the group gathered impressions for a unique adaptation of their play While Walking I Saw performed together with two Palestinian actors at the theatre on July 31 The play consisted of a series of sketches reflecting the situation in the Palestinian Territories under Israeli occupation Comparisons were also made with the history and relations between France and Algeria The

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