Monday, April 11 · 7:30pm – 10:00pm
113 Sever Hall
Juliano Mer-Khamis, the inspirational co-founder of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin refugee camp, was murdered on 4 April just outside the theater entrance. Iyad Burnat, the Palestinian leader of the Popular Committees Against the Wall and the Israeli Occupation, said, “Juliano Mer-Khamis embodied the uncompromising struggle for freedom and for dignity. Both parts of his life’s work were seamlessly joined. His art was inseparable from his political commitment. The dignity and humanity which his art sustained were just as important to Palestinian resilience—sumud—as his explicitly political work. His life was tragically cut short but he nevertheless managed to live a life full with purpose and meaning.”
As we grieve Juliano’s untimely loss, we wish to gather the Boston/Cambridge community to remember his most remarkable cinematic achievement, “Arna’s Children” (2003) among the best films ever made on Palestine/Israel. The film won the “Best Documentary Feature” 2004 at the Tribeca Film Festival.
A brief memorial will precede the film. The Friends of the Freedom Theatre in New York have made the short “The Freedom Theatre Today” (15-20 min) available in order to celebrate the project’s continuing vibrance; it will be screened following “Arna’s Children.”