7th Yaffa Festival of Contemporary Arab Culture

Tuesday 17.5.2022
18:00 [Film]
Salvation Army 2013
Abdellah is a young gay man navigating the sexual, racial and political climate of Morocco. Growing up in a large family in a working-class neighborhood, Abdellah is caught between a distant father, an authoritarian mother, an older brother whom he adores and a handful of predatory older men, in a society that denies his homosexuality. As a college student, Abdellah moves to Geneva and while faced with the new possibilities of freedom, he grapples with the loss of his homeland. Salvation Army, the directorial debut for Abdellah Taïa – an acclaimed Moroccan and Arab writer – is adapted from his novel of the same name. Taïa is the first writer of his descent to speak out openly about his homosexuality.
Director: Abdellah Taïa; Morocco, France, 82 Min. Arabic, English subtitles
An Interview with the director

19:30 [Literature]
Emil Habibi’s 100th Birthday
An evening on his work edited by Abed Natour. The black comedy of Emil Habibi outlines our existence in Israel, the theatre’s actors will perform, with screening of excerpts from his work.
Participants: Dr. Huda Abu Much, Khawla Hag-Dibsi, George Iskandar, Samira Saraya.
Emil Habibi (1922-1996) was a writer, journalist and Knesset member and Arab-Israeli public activist. Israel Prize Laureate for Arab literature, recipient of the Al Kuds Award for Palestinian Culture and chosen Man-of the-Year in Arab culture by the prestigious journal Almajala.
His first story “Mandelbaum Gate” published in 1954. After retiring from the Knesset, he wrote his book “The Opsimist” a book dealing with the daily life of Arab citizens of Israel integrating it with fantastic realism, satire and black humor. Additional prominent books he wrote: “Saraya Daughter of the Evil Devil,” and “Achita.”

20:30 [Play]
Alzir Salam
Alhmehabash Theatre – Rahat
A spectacular epic on the War of Tribes in 500 A.D. The play deals with blood revenge which over time loses justice and becomes part of a way of life that eventually leads to cold blood murder for no reason. The play deals with the viscous circle of revenge and turns the events of the historic war its lessons and its relevance to our time.
Adaptation: Muhammad Eid; Stage design: Dalit Inbar; Music: Whal Abu Salum; Lighting: Shmul Mor; Assistant Director: Ia’ad Abu-Alisan
Actors: Rauda Sliman, Sahl Aldebsan, Muhammad Eid, Obeida Zaid, Zadik Abu Dugush, Abdulla Abu Alan, Suha Rabia, Nizar Alturi

Thursday 19.5.22
18:00 [Poetry Evening]
My Voice is A Lotus flower…”  (Tuffaha Sabaa)
An evening of Arab Women Poets. Moderator & Editor: Dr. Nabil Tanus from Magar, literature researcher, poet and translator of Arabic literature, Hebrew
and vice versa.
Participants: Dr. Rose Sha’aban, Doctor of Arabic Literature. Poet and writer of children’s books, principal of the school in Touran. Tuffaha Sabaa, a poet from Ousfia lecturer at the Tel Chai Academic College and academic consultant to Arab students. Lilian Bishara Mansour poet from Haifa, English lecturer at the Arab Academic College in Haifa.

19:15 [Outdoor performance]
Jama’a Theatre Ensemble
The Jaffa Theatre goes out from its beloved home to the breathing streets to bring back the breath of creation and brotherhood between the theatre and the street. In the aftermath of two years of Corona and social distancing the theatre takes upon itself to bring and make accessible to the street far and near excitement and laughter.
Group members: Yehonatan Bason, Lewis Daniel, Danny Hertziyano, Dima Taiya, Subhi Husri, Abir lauin, ben Yellin, Mika Nadel.
Moderators: Sinai Peter & Gabi Cohen
Director: Gabi Cohen; Stage Design: Yasmin Volok; Assistant Director: Noga Gal

20:00 [Musical Performance]
Commemoration to Abed Al Halim Hafez – The Black Nightingale
Abed Al Halim Hafez (1929-1977) made a breakthrough in popular Arabic music. Actor and film star, in those days Cairo was the Hollywood of the Arab world.
His poems are of importance and depth as Oum Kalthuom’s songs and are known for their musical innovation and the high textual drama in which they were written. Songs of Halim Hafez are spectacular and magnetic and of importance in the Arab musical work landscape till today. The performance will include the best hits of the Egyptian mythological singer and film star, as well as stories and anecdotes on his life, his loves and suffering folded among his songs and the many films he participated in. the performance includes screening of excerpts from his films.
Participants: Ziv Yechezkel- Song & Oud
Nizar Al Chatar – Piano
Muhammed Kondos – Acting & Song
The songs performed in Arabic; Comments in Hebrew

Saturday 21.5.22
12:00 – 17:00 [Workshops]
Producer: Futna Jabber

17:00 [Play]
Based on the stories of A Thousand and One Nights a selection of traditional Arab stories. The show is presented by a group of actors in the form of storytelling, physical theatre, and elements of Arab and Western music. The stories told by Shachrezade during a thousand and one nights in order to save her and all the young females “heads” in the kingdom leads the angry and insulted King and the audience to a journey of adventures, a journey in recognition of human weaknesses the journey ends with acceptance and reconciliation.
Director: Norman Issa.
Actors: Futna Jabber/Abir Leon, Ranya Tahan, Milania Mattar, Shahir Kabah, Rami Saliba, Lewis Daniel. Adaptation: Igal Ezraty; Arabic translation: Rauda Sliman
Music: Ala Abu Amara, Chen Zimbalista; Stage Design: Uri Onn; Costumes: Ofir Hazan; Choreographer: Priel Hashibon/Zika; Lighting: Ziv Voloshin
Arabic & Hebrew subtitles

18:30 [Debka Workshop]
Yalla Nurkus
Nour Grably, leads a Debka workshop
Debka is a folk dance, a historic Palestinian folklore that if we place it on the timeline, it was created long before the classic ballet and modern dance Debka began from the soil processing and became a symbol of unity and celebration. After the events of 1948 of Debka dancing received an interesting turn, it became a protest dancing in the addition to being festive.
Inviting you to protest and share with me the theatre stage.
Come with sneakers, water and comfortable clothes.
*Registration in advance, limited places.
Length: 60 Min.

19:30 [Male Fashion Show]
On my Tradition
Curator: Chadije Dissouki.
7 young designers, modern male Fashion Show. Among the designers:
Hazar Grabley
Shirihan Halil
George Nassar
Ali Mahne

21:00 [Closing Performance]
Night Train to Cairo
A musical evening showing comradeship, with record classic Arabic music performed by Arab and Jewish artists. Participants: Maram Abu-Kaud, Dana Abu Alhiga, Rauda Sliman, Sophie Tzdaka, George Iskandar, Tamar Bar-Gil, Muhammad Kondos. Musicians: Elaise Wakila, Ziwar Bahlul

May 17-21 // A multi-cultural bilingual Celebration!

In cooperation with Rahat Theatre Almehabash

In recent years, the Arab world has seen an unprecedented cultural flourishing that the Israeli public has hardly been exposed to. The theatre in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and even Syria are flourishing and popular. Egyptian cinema, in which one of the first film academies in the world operates, offers fresh works.

In the Palestinian society in Israel fascinating works are being created in theatre, cinema, music, poetry and Palestinian art. Against the background of this flourishing, the fact that this rich and diverse work in all areas and levels of cultural-artistic activity is almost inaccessible to our audience is saddening.

The Arab Hebrew Jaffa Theatre established an Arabic stage under the direction of Rauda Sliman, thus creating a festival rich in content that is unfamiliar to the Israeli audience. At the three-day festival, which is being held for the seventh year, believing that in the power of culture to shape man, we open a window to the Israeli audience about this wonderful world in order to be exposed to the reality of the people in the
Arab world and to become acquainted with their pain, dreams, humor and their creative expression. This festival continues to be the highlight of Jaffa Theatre’s activity, which for over 20 years has encouraged mutual acquaintance and rapprochement between Hebrew and Middle Eastern culture.

Download the program (Hebrew)

In cooperation with Rahat Theatre Almehabash

Supported by:
The Beracha Foundation
The Ministry of Culture
The Development Company of Old Jaffa,
The Mishlama of Yaffo

Artistic Committee:
Rauda Sliman, Futna Jabber, Igal Ezraty,
Hanna Vazana-Grunwald, Sigal Cohen, Gaby Aldor

Arabic Translations:
Rauda Sliman

Ravid Sevil, Zichrini Hatzor

Jaffa Theatre Team:
Lily Ovadiah, Rebecca Hadas,
Raday Rubenstain, Tomer Koppel

Public Relations:
Amalia Eyal & Elinor Glikman

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