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  • Take our Annual $10 Challenge!

    • Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    • $10.00 USD

    Won't you take the $10 challenge today to support upcoming Markaz programming? If you donate just 10 bucks, we'll be in good shape to present fall programs! (SAVE THE DATE of Sept. 15 for a dazzling concert from the West Bank Dal'Ouna Ensemble!*

    Donate online here
     (enter the amount of $10 or any amount in the "Other" box) or send your tax-deductible contribution in the form of a check to The Markaz/MPV, 1626 Wilcox Ave, Suite 702, Los Angeles CA 90028.

    Wow—you can support The Markaz with just $10, and now's the time! Of course, if you can give more or become a monthly contributor, YALLA, we're thrilled. The main point is, if everyone gives just 10 bucks in August we'll be empowered to create essential Middle East programming through the end of the year! Strength in numbers means that just 10 bucks from each of us will underwrite great programs for everyone. Thanks for paying it forward!
    On July 29th, by the way, we were pleased to host a special free preview screening of the new film TEL AVIV ON FIRE. Missed it? We invite you to see it in theatres now. This provocative comedy plays at the Laemmle Royal in West L.A.; the Laemmle Town Center in Encino; and the Laemmle Playhouse in Pasadena. Don't miss it!

    Sameh Zoabi (r) with Waleed Zuaiter 
    at the preview screening
    sameh zoabi (r) and waleed zuaiter
    Excerpts from filmgoer comments on Tel Aviv on Fire [no spoilers]

    >>> My friend and I were absolutely blown away by how fantastic the film was! I was amazed by how brilliantly Sameh Zoabi managed to weave humor into an otherwise grim situation, without once taking away from the realities of what it means to be Arab Palestinian in Israel. —Prema Rahman

    >>> The first time I saw Sameh Zoabi's new feature, I smiled a lot, but I couldn't help but wonder what it must feel like these days to be an Arab Palestinian (whether Muslim or Christian) and at the same time a citizen of Israel, particularly following the post-2014 Gaza War and the rightward political drift that has hardened many hearts. The film made me long for the two-state solution that we once thought possible. —Jordan Elgrably

    >>> I loved the movie. Its intelligent humor helps soften the historical and present tensions in the area and  offers a new perspective of the relationship between Arabs and Israelis.  The audience loved the movie too. The Q and A was very interesting and the director explained very well how it feels and felt to be an Arab and at the same time a citizen of Israel. —María Castro

    >>> As a young Palestinian American, I really enjoyed the film and getting to see the history from a different perspective. It made me think of all my family living back home and the checkpoints they all have to cross. I laughed a lot. I left feeling like I wanted more. —Dina Makhlouf

    >>> Beside being a good film, well-made, well acted and funny, [for me] as a Palestinian, the reality of the situation, the status of the Palestinians or better said, the diminishing of such, the control of the Israelis over them, the daily abuse was awakened in a painful natural manner. Even though I have gotten away physically, the scars of such history and existence are not healed, and might never heal as long as one has a conscience and justice is not implemented. —Monir Deeb

    >>> I thought it was funny and incisive, a nice political satire with a lot of irony very well done. As an Israeli Jew I felt that we lost the ability that we once had as people who saw the irony and the funny side in any situation. In a kind of ironic switch we've gone from being David to Goliath. The people who've taken the mantle now are the Palestinians; they who are being oppressed are actually poking fun at us these days. —Uri Talil

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  • From Palestine to West Africa: Dal'Ouna & Prince Diabaté

    • Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    • Zebulon, 2478 Fletcher Drive, LA 90039

    ramzi aburedwan, dal'ouna ensemble, prince diabaté in los angeles

    The Markaz & The Soul Force Project bring together world music from Palestine to West Africa with Dal’Ouna on tour in Los Angeles. Joining the concert are Prince Diabaté from Paris with Tumbafé offering sounds of the Guinean griot, musician storytellers of West Africa. The program includes author Sandy Tolan relating stories from his latest book Children of the Stone: the Power of Music in a Hard Land, about the life of Ramzi Aburedwan growing up as a refugee in Ramallah and how music transforms the lives of Palestinian children. Tickets are $20 advance and $25 at the door. Please purchase tickets here.

    The Dal’Ouna Ensemble performs a dynamic fusion of Palestinian folk, classical, jazz and world music, featuring composer, violist and buzouk player Ramzi Aburedwan and percussionist Tareq Rantisi from Palestine, oud player Ziad Ben Youssef from Tunisia, Edwin Buger from Yugoslavia on accordion and the young vocalist Oday al Khatib, product of the refugee camp Al Fawwar near Hebron.

    Named after a style of song performed in Palestine, Lebanon and Syria, Dal’Ouna stands for the communal values of synchronicity, collaborative work and mutual support required for a successful olive harvest, for building a home, or producing a life cycle event. The body of work developed by the ensemble represents the group’s wide-ranging talents and diverse backgrounds, creative exchanges between the soloists, and the sensibility that in music, there are no borders.

    West African kora virtuoso Prince Diabaté will perform the joyful and polyrhythmic music of his homeland of Guinea along with percussionists from Panama & US, Nikki Campbell, Monette Marino and Linda Albertano. Also featured will be the Afro-Indian crossover project Tumbafé with Paul Livingstone, blending the sounds Indian sitar & tabla with the kora (African harp) in an ethereal and captivating weave of cascading melody and rhythm.  

    Join us for a convergence of dynamic world music and redemptive stories in the struggle for freedom for all peoples.  The Soul Force Project is committed to celebrating music as a vehicle for change, supporting nonviolent action in the human rights and environmental struggles against racism, militarism and climate change. The Markaz explores enriching cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, challenging mainstream narratives and stereotypes.

    Sunday, September 15th 6 pm at Zebulon, 2478 Fletcher Drive, LA 90039. Tickets $20 advance purchase, $25 at the door.

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    Prince Diabaté site

    Dal’Ouna Ensemble

    Prince Diabaté

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    Prince Diabaté