Culture

Culture

Palestinians speak a distinct dialect of Arabic, and have their own traditions, cuisine, and folklore. While most Palestinians feel strong connections to the Arab world, their primary political affiliation is with other Palestinians, with whom they share defining experiences of exile, military occupation, and other dimensions of the conflict with the Zionist movement and Israel.

14-year-old Palestinian girl wins international math competition News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

14-year-old Palestinian girl wins international math competition

A 14-year-old Palestinian girl won first place in an international competition for intelligence after solving 240 math problems in six minutes. Dania Husni al-Jaabari from Hebron won first place in The Mental-Arithmetic International Competition in Singapore. Ahmad Ayman Nashwiyeh, 8, also from Hebron, came in second place as he solved 180 problems in six minutes.

Thom Bishops: Actor Palestinian-American Profiles
IMEU

Thom Bishops: Actor

In the spring of 2014, Palestinian-American actor Thom Bishops shot his 17th film, Time Out of Mind. The movie stars Richard Gere and Jena Malone, and Bishops was cast in the role of a vegan chef who offers kindness (and food) to a homeless man played by Gere. The film is enjoying success on the festival circuit—it showed at Rome and Toronto (where it won the FIPRESCI International Critics’ Prize) in October, among others.

Arab Women Racing Doc ‘Speed Sisters’ Looks to Travel Beyond Doha News Roundup
Matt Mueller, Indiewire

Arab Women Racing Doc ‘Speed Sisters’ Looks to Travel Beyond Doha

Besides being slickly made, this documentary about Palestinian female rally-race drivers, directed by first-time filmmaker Amber Fares, delivers a spirited, crowd-pleasing portrait of four tenacious, strong-minded young women determined to express themselves in their heavily male-dominated culture and sport.

Award money to extend Conflict Kitchen’s Palestinian focus News Roundup
Post Gazette

Award money to extend Conflict Kitchen’s Palestinian focus

Artist Jon Rubin, proprietor of Conflict Kitchen in Oakland, said on Monday night that he will use a $15,000 award he received from The Pittsburgh Foundation and Heinz Endowments to expand his restaurant’s controversial presentation of Palestinian foods, culture and perspective.

Young Gaza artist bids to enter Guinness Book of Records News Roundup
Rami Almeghari, The Electronic Intifada

Young Gaza artist bids to enter Guinness Book of Records

Thirteen-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud Quraiqe managed to keep smiling as Israel attacked Gaza this summer. Despite the pervasive fear, Muhammad focused on painting faces, bringing cheer to many children as he turned them into clowns. Muhammad lives in Shujaiya, a neighborhood of Gaza City that has become synonymous with a massacre caused by indiscriminate Israeli shelling in July this year.

When music becomes a place of subjugation Op-Eds & Analysis
B.G. Silver, +972 Magazine

When music becomes a place of subjugation

In our ever-growing jungle of protracted conflict and systemic injustice, there is an unquestionable need for inter-group reconciliation encounters between Israelis, Palestinians, and Palestinian-Israelis constructed with peacebuilding and human rights education. What is often missed is that peacebuilding and reconciliation are not simply the answer.

Speed Sisters documents the first all-woman rally-racing team in the Arab World News Roundup
Kaleem Aftab, The National

Speed Sisters documents the first all-woman rally-racing team in the Arab World

The Ajyal Youth Film Festival opened in Doha’s Katara Village with the pulsating documentary Speed Sisters, about the first all-women rally-racing team in the Arab world. The film is directed by Amber Fares, who grew up in northern Alberta as the child of Lebanese immigrants. After 9/11, when mosques started being attacked in Canada, Fares wanted to better understand Arab culture so went to the Middle East.

Iconic image spotlighting plight of Palestine refugees, illuminates UN headquarters News Roundup
UN News Centre

Iconic image spotlighting plight of Palestine refugees, illuminates UN headquarters

To mark the climax of the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, an iconic image from the newly digitized photo archives of the UN agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees throughout the Middle East was projected yesterday onto buildings in eight cities around the world, including the Organization’s iconic Headquarters complex in New York.

Palestinian in America: Najib Joe Hakim’s “Home Away from Home” News Roundup
The Electronic Intifada

Palestinian in America: Najib Joe Hakim’s “Home Away from Home”

Combining photography and oral history recorded onto audio, the Home Away from Home project by Najib Joe Hakim shines light on the experience of Palestinians living in the United States. Hakim interviewed more than two dozen Palestinian Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area about their relationship to the US and to Palestine, and asked them what home means to them.