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October 17, 2010
Rimal publishes Gaza Monologues in English, Arabic and French
The Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip in December 2008 - January 2009 was extremely violent and led in 22 days to the death of at least 1380 Palestinians, amongst which 431 were children. At least 5380 were wounded including 1872 children. An estimated number of 100, 000 people were newly displaced. Houses, schools, hospitals, places of worship and cultural centers were destroyed.
A year later, the blockade of Gaza remains and its separation from the West Bank has deepened since the West Bankers were completely impotent to stop the massacre or help their Gazan fellow Palestinians. The media were counting the casualties. The whole world was watching.
Did anybody hear?
In 2009, ASHTAR Theatre, through its Gaza trainer Ali Abu Yassine, started training youth in Gaza again with the support of UNICEF. In 2010, we started training a new group aged 14 to 18 using drama therapy and creative writing.
The first three months of work focused on the wounds of the Gaza attack of December 2008-January 2009, the youth's individual experiences, their dreams , fears and hopes... This work led to the birth of The Gaza Mono-Logues.
ASHTAR Theatre is mobilising its long-built global artistic network to produce recitals of The Gaza Mono-Logues with youth groups in 30 world cities, in as many languages, all opening on the same day:the 17th of October 2010.
ASHTAR Theatre will encourage them and newcomers to program The Gaza Mono-Logues in world theatres and distribute the texts in a pocket book. ASHTAR will document the whole initiative in video and in an art book.
11/29/2011, Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people:
In November, each partnering country will send one young actor to meet us in New York where we will put up a recital in all languages to be performed to the UNITED NATIONS, after its annual meeting on The Question of Palestine.
ASHTAR is endeavoring for the group of Gazans to be permitted to leave Gaza, despite the blockade, and travel to the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and the EU parliament in Bruxelles beginning 2011
ASHTAR Theatre is a Palestinian NGO established in Jerusalem in 1991. ASHTAR aims for theatre to be a tool for change, to serve cultural and social development and to promote and deepen the creativity of Palestinian youth.
A performance by 30 international youth in different languages will be staged at the United Nations Headquarters, New York for the UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People- November 29th 2010
- Rimal Publications is publishing the monologues in paperback version in three languages: Arabic,
- ASHTAR Theatre will publish a hard-cover coloured book retracing the global journey of The Gaza Mono-Logues.
- Two documentary films are in progress, one on the young authors of The Gaza Mono-Logues by Khalil Muzaien and the other on the global production, by Deep Dish TV - USA.
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