Tagged: Entertainment

Director Mai Masri Explores Occupation, Incarceration in 3,000 Nights Film
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

Director Mai Masri Explores Occupation, Incarceration in 3,000 Nights

Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri’s debut feature, 3,000 Nights, is Jordan's submission to this year's Academy Awards, and was Palestine's submission to the Golden Globes. Masri is an acclaimed documentarian whose films have received over 60 international awards, and is considered a pioneer in the changing Middle Eastern film landscape.

on January 11, 2017
What’s in the $200,000 Oscars Gift Bag? Vaporizers, M&Ms and Controversy News Roundup
Lisa Respers France and Brian Walker, CNN

What’s in the $200,000 Oscars Gift Bag? Vaporizers, M&Ms and Controversy

Don't feel bad for the losers at this year's Academy Awards ceremony -- they won't be leaving empty-handed. According to The Daily Beast, this year's Oscars gift bag will contain a record $200,000 worth of swag. Distinctive Assets, the company that puts the bags together, describes this year's haul as "once again a blend of fabulous, fun and functional items meant to thrill and pamper..."

on February 27, 2016
Oscars Nominees Urged to Skip Swag-Bag Free Trip to Israel, Receive Invites From Activists News Roundup
Melanie Dostis, New York Daily News

Oscars Nominees Urged to Skip Swag-Bag Free Trip to Israel, Receive Invites From Activists

A group of supporters sent satirical invitations to top Oscars nominees, inviting them to visit Palestine and “experience life under Israeli apartheid and military occupation,” according to a statement from one of the activist groups, Artists for Palestine UK. The controversial glam bags that will be given out to select nominees include two first-class tickets to Israel...

on February 26, 2016
Circus Behind the Wall: Palestinian circus attempts to inform and entertain with stories of struggle News Roundup
Rich Wiles, Al Jazeera

Circus Behind the Wall: Palestinian circus attempts to inform and entertain with stories of struggle

"We do this because we need to create a better Palestine, this means politically but also socially." Nayef Abdallah was born a refugee in Faraa refugee camp to a family who were driven from their home in Haifa during the Nakba - the events surrounding the creation of Israel in 1948 which Palestinians refer to as "the catastrophe". From such beginnings, few people would have imagined that years later he would go on to take Palestine to the world through a very non-traditional performing art.

on March 3, 2015
Maysoon Zayid: Actor and Comedian Palestinian-American Profiles

Maysoon Zayid: Actor and Comedian

At first glance, it would not appear that Maysoon Zayid has much to laugh about. But the Palestinian-American Muslim actor-cum-comedian with cerebral palsy has been steadily making a name for herself, performing standup comedy nationwide as well as overseas. Born in New Jersey in 1976, Zayid is a woman of firsts. She is America's first Muslim woman comedian and the first person ever to perform standup in Palestine and Jordan.

on October 18, 2013
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