Jenin Freedom Theatre Performance of THE ISLAND
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)
Jenin Freedom Theatre, performs their interpretation of Athol Fugard’s, The Island. The Freedom Theatre is a courageously independent cultural center in the Jenin Refugee Camp, Palestine that concentrates on theatre as an effective means of non-violent resistance to Israeli occupation by utilizing culture and creativity. It incorporates theatrical productions, a three-year acting school, and classes in filmmaking, photography, creative writing and multi-media projects. The Freedom Theatre was founded in 2006 by Juliano Mer Khamis, Zakaria Zubeidi, and Jonatan Stanczak. Mer Khamis was the Israeli actor son of a Palestinian father and a Jewish Israeli mother who famously described himself as “100% Palestinian and 100% Jewish.” Zakaria Zubeidi, the leader of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in Jenin, ended his armed opposition to the occupation and committed himself to cultural resistance. The third member of the trio, Stanczak, a Swede, is Managing Director of The Freedom Theatre, whose aim is to provide an opportunity for young people living their entire lives under occupation to create and express themselves freely.