The Palestinian Charity Association of Victoria Proudly Presents


ARNA's CHILDREN




film by
Juliano Mer khamis


http://arna.info/Arna/


ARNA'S CHILDREN tells the story of a theatre group that was established by Arna Mer Khamis. Arna comes from a Zionist family and in the 1950s married a Palestinian Arab, Saliba Khamis. On the West Bank, she opened an alternative education system for children whose regular life was disrupted by the Israeli occupation. The theatre group that she started engaged children from Jenin refugees camp, helping them to express their everyday frustrations, anger, bitterness and fear. Arna's son Juliano, director of this film, was also one of the directors of Jenin's theatre.

With his camera, he filmed the children during rehearsal periods from 1989 to 1996. Now, he goes back to see what happened to them. Yussef committed a suicide attack in Hadera in 2001, Ashraf was killed in the battle of Jenin, Alla leads a resistance group. Juliano, who today is one of the leading actors in the region, looks back in time in Jenin, trying to understand the choices made by the children he loved and worked with. Eight years ago, the theatre was closed and life became static and paralysed. Shifting back and forth in time, the film reveals the tragedy and horror of lives trapped by the circumstances of the Israeli occupation.

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7:30pm Friday 10th Dec 2004


RMIT Capitol Theatre,113 Swanston St, Melbourne

Sharp start time - No food or drink in Cinema Not for children under 12 years

A Share of the revenue will be donated to the Jenin Refugee Camp

For Tickets, contact PCA management 0419-544-097 or mail@palestine-victoria.org.au