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Dissolving​ ​Walls
An​ ​artistic​ ​conversation​ ​about​ ​current​ ​events​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Holy​ ​Land,​ ​featuring​ ​Palestinian Filmmaker​ ​​Wafa​ ​Jamil​​ ​and​ ​Jewish-American​ ​Playwright​ ​​Jessica​ ​Litwak

September​ ​26​ ​@​ ​7pm Dramatist​ ​Guild​ ​Fund 356​ ​West​ ​40th​ ​St. FREE​ ​&​ ​open​ ​to​ ​the​ ​public

The​ ​evening​ ​will​ ​showcase​ ​parts​ ​of​ ​Wafa​ ​Jamil's​ ​film​ ​​Coffee​ ​for​ ​All​ ​Nations​,​ ​with​ ​comments from​ ​Wafa​ ​via​ ​her​ ​home​ ​in​ ​Sweden,​ ​and​ ​Jessica​ ​Litwak's​ ​new​ ​short​ ​play​ ​​The​ ​Wall​,​ ​a​ ​personal and​ ​political​ ​response​ ​to​ ​Israel​ ​and​ ​Palestine.​ ​This​ ​will​ ​be​ ​followed​ ​by​ ​a​ ​conversation,​ ​with wine​ ​and​ ​soda.

Coffee​ ​for​ ​all​ ​Nations
In​ ​1948,​ ​Abed​ ​and​ ​his​ ​family​ ​were​ ​forced​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Israeli​ ​army​ ​to​ ​abandon​ ​their​ ​home​ ​in (Al-Walaja)​ ​village​ ​near​ ​Bethlehem​ ​and​ ​move​ ​to​ ​Dheisheh​ ​Refugee​ ​Camp.​ ​Resilient,​ ​Abed decides​ ​to​ ​go​ ​back​ ​to​ ​his​ ​land​ ​and​ ​live​ ​in​ ​a​ ​Kanani​ ​cave​ ​that​ ​he​ ​discovered,​ ​until​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​his life.​ ​He​ ​plans​ ​to​ ​turn​ ​his​ ​new​ ​home​ ​into​ ​a​ ​coffee​ ​shop​ ​and​ ​transform​ ​his​ ​own​ ​tragedy​ ​into​ ​a project​ ​that​ ​will​ ​provide​ ​him​ ​an​ ​income​ ​and​ ​allow​ ​him​ ​to​ ​share​ ​his​ ​one​ ​true​ ​possession​ ​and​ ​a stunning​ ​view.​ ​Abed’s​ ​brother,​ ​who​ ​spent​ ​30​ ​years​ ​at​ ​an​ ​Israeli​ ​prison​ ​was​ ​released.​ ​Despite of​ ​the​ ​good​ ​news,​ ​Abed​ ​was​ ​devastated​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Israeli​ ​demolishment​ ​of​ ​his​ ​5000​ ​years​ ​old cave.

The​ ​Wall
Having​ ​crossed​ ​through​ ​the​ ​checkpoints​ ​many​ ​times,​ ​Litwak​ ​has​ ​a​ ​unique​ ​perspective​ ​on​ ​the Occupation​ ​and​ ​this​ ​human​ ​rights​ ​crisis.​ ​As​ ​an​ ​educator​ ​and​ ​theatre​ ​artist​ ​who​ ​has​ ​worked​ ​in Jenin,​ ​Hebron,​ ​Ramallah,​ ​Beit​ ​Jala​ ​and​ ​Nablus​ ​in​ ​the​ ​West​ ​Bank​ ​and​ ​who​ ​has​ ​deep relationships​ ​in​ ​and​ ​with​ ​Palestine​ ​she​ ​cannot​ ​support​ ​or​ ​condone​ ​Israeli​ ​actions.​ ​As​ ​a​ ​Jewish woman​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Arab​ ​world​ ​she​ ​grapples​ ​with​ ​the​ ​deeply​ ​felt​ ​paradoxes​ ​of​ ​heart​ ​and​ ​heritage, east​ ​and​ ​west,​ ​justice​ ​and​ ​peace.​ ​This​ ​short​ ​play​ ​uses​ ​poetry,​ ​humor,​ ​puppetry​ ​and​ ​diverse characters​ ​to​ ​give​ ​voice​ ​to​ ​an​ ​impossible​ ​problem​ ​that​ ​can​ ​only​ ​be​ ​survived​ ​through​ ​increased humanity,​ ​paradoxical​ ​curiosity,​ ​and​ ​artful​ ​expression.

International​ ​Human​ ​Rights​ ​Art​ ​Festival
Through​ ​beauty,​ ​sincerity,​ ​and​ ​passion,​ ​we​ ​dissolve​ ​the​ ​boundaries​ ​between​ ​us.

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