[act-ma] FW: Dazzling Program Celebrates Palestinian Arts, Heritage, Stories

Kevin Heaton kevwsc at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 31 11:17:12 PDT 2016

Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:33:57 -0400
From: info at bostonpalestinefilmfest.org
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Subject: Dazzling Program Celebrates Palestinian Arts, Heritage, Stories

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Suad Amiry

Suad Amiry is a Palestinian architect, cultural heritage specialist, author, and the founder of RIWAQ: Center of Architectural Conservation in Ramallah, Palestine. Her acclaimed memoir

Sharon and My Mother-in-Law, which was released by Random House in 2006, has been translated into 18 languages and was awarded the prestigious Viareggio Prize. Since then, she's continued to write about Palestinian life: Nothing to Lose But Your Life (2010); Menopausal Palestine: Women at the Edge (2010); Golda Slept Here (2014); which shares the stories of Amiry's friends whose families were expelled from their homes in West Jerusalem; and her latest book, My Damascus (2016). Dr. Amiry also starred in the drama short HANEEN, which screened at BPFF in 2013. And she is on the board of trustees of Birzeit University in Palestine.

Music: The Aliya Cycon Project

Arabic-inspired band the Aliya Cycon Project was formed in the summer of 2014 at Berklee College of Music by 'oud player, pianist, and singer Aliya Cycon. A lifelong musician, Cycon discovered the beauty and allure of the 'oud when she travelled for a summer to the West Bank, Palestine. Since that life-changing trip four years ago, she has held the goal of presenting the lilting charm of Arabic music, blended with her own style, to all music lovers. By elaborating on a melodic idea, which is the basic unit of Arabic music, the Aliya Cycon Project aims to salute that rich tradition and step just outside of its colorful borders. The band released their debut album, We Will Be Light, in March of 2015, and they have had the opportunity to play alongside major international artists like Vieux Farka Touré, Amir ElSaffar, and Tony Vacca. Cycon has performed her music in Palestine, Lebanon, and Senegal, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. 

Poetry: Zena Agha

Zena Agha is a Palestinian-Iraqi poet, writer, activist, and public speaker from London. Zena founded and coordinated Warwick University's largest poetry collective Shoot from the Lip, running poetry slams in Leamington Spa and delivering poetry workshops to young people. Zena has performed poetry in London, the Midlands, and Paris. She worked with Operation Black Vote to produce and direct a series of spoken word films and interviews called The Power of Poetry project in 2013. Zena is currently studying Middle Eastern Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Additional Engagement

Reception with Speaker and festival organizers
Silent Auction of Palestinian arts and heritage items, including original works 
by Palestinian artists Samia Halaby, Lamis Abu-Khalil, and Najat El-Taji El-Khairy, traditional and modern embroidered pieces, catered meals, film memorabilia, and much more!

A chance to come together and celebrate the festival's 10th season!
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Reception with Speaker & Festival Organizers: 6 pm
Dinner & Entertainment: 7 pm
Charles River Country Club483 Dedham Street, Newton MA 02459Free parking
Tickets: Reception, Dinner, & Entertainment: $125Dinner & Entertainment: $100
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an approximate guest count to the venue by Sept. 10





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