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Billy Crystal Project – "Peace through the Performing arts" in Jerusalem
By Shai Bar Yaacov

The Hebrew University, Jerusalem ,Department of Theatre Studies

Billy Crystal Project – "Peace through the Performing arts" is pleased to invite you to the first evening of the school year 2003-4 in the program :The Stage as a Bridge (Theatre. Education. Peace.)

The evening will deal with the complex relationship between artistic and
pedagogical concerns in the creation of educational theatre projects in
mixed groups of Jewish and Palestinian actors trying to use theatre as a
tool for peace education. As part of the evening we will screen the
documentary film "The Last Enemy", a film which follows the process of work
of a joint Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian group of actors that prepared a
play based on a text by American playwright Jim Mirrione from 1995-8. This
play was meant to be shown in schools in Israel and the Palestinian
authority. In the film we learn about the close relationships that developed
between the actors and the multiple interpersonal and political conflicts
that emerged. Following the cast from the early rehearsals in England
through to the final performances in the United States, it mainly focuses on
the Palestinian actress, Ahsan Turkiye, who struggles to find her place in
the group due to her personal history which is gradually revealed.

The movie was produced through the kind assistance of the "Peres Center for
private donors and personal investment. It has participated in 30
festivals around the globe and won 6 international prizes.

After the screening there will be a panel discussion about the issues raised
by the movie which will include two of the actresses from the production and
the director of the film, as well as two experts on peace education.


Naomi Ackerman, Israeli actress

Ahsan Turkiye, Palestinian actress

Nitzan Giladi, Director of the movie "The Last Enemy"

Dr. Ruth Firer, Director of the "Peace Education Forum" of the Truman
Institute, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Dr. Aliza Savir, Assistant Director General and Director of the Education
and Cultural Division of the "Peres Center for Peace". She also lectures in
the Department of Communication, Film and Television at Tel Aviv University.

Moderator: Said Tali, Co-Director of the "Billy Crystal Project – Peace
through the Performing Arts", Theatre Studies Department, Hebrew University,
The evening will take place on Monday, 5/1/2004, at 18:30 in room 2715 of
the Humanities Building, Hebrew University, Mount Scopus Campus.

For further information: : Rinat 972-2-5883937, 972-58-824080.

Source: Theatron List
Email: teatron-owner@list.haifa.ac.il

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