Friday, June 02, 2006

A night of documentary, discussion and spoken word

A night of documentary, discussion and spoken word

The number of lives and childhood dreams lost in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict keep adding up. For nearly four decades, a people have lived under the world's longest military occupation, depriving them of basic human rights, security, livelihood and dignity. A screening of Sundance Awards winner James Longley's 2002 documentary Gaza Strip, followed by a discussion by award-winning Palestinian American journalist Ray Hanania and finishing off with Kevin Coval, author of Slingshots (A Hip-Hop Poetica) will refresh our memories, expand our knowledge, and give us a new perspective on what a certain corner of the world continues to endure today.

Caise D. Hassan, contributor to publications such as Bitter Lemons, Lebanon's Daily Star, Khaleej Times, L.A. Times, and the Houston Chronicle will be the night's moderator.

THE DOCUMENTARY: 6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

"If you spend much time in the Gaza Strip you realize that most of the kids there are pretty much like that one — they're surrounded by an impossible situation — but they're still just kids and usually they act like it."

THE DISCUSSION: 7:45 p.m. - 8:20 p.m.
Ray Hanania is an award-winning Palestinian American journalist, author and stand-up comedian. He writes for several newspapers in the United States including Newsday and the Orlando Sentinel, and in the Middle East for the Sharq al-Awsat in Palestine, Arab News in Jiddeh Saudi Arabia and Yeditoh Ahronoth in Israel. Hanania has worked in journalism for more than 30 years, mostly covering Chicago City Hall. But he has been a peace activist, serving as national president of the Palestinian American Congress in the 1990s. He is also a filmmaker and produces online documentaries on the Middle East and Arab American history at

Hanania will discuss the situation on the ground in Palestine in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip where he visits annually. His last visit was early last year. His presentation will address the deteriorating economic situation in Palestine, the deteriorating political situation and the rising trends of extremist voices that continue to exploit the failure to achieve peace there. A Christian, Hanania will also discuss the deterioration of the Christian presence in Palestine.

THE SPOKEN WORD: 8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Kevin Coval is the author of Slingshots (A Hip-Hop Poetica). He will be reading select poems from this work. He has been hailed by WGN Radio as the "voice of the new Chicago, whose work should stand up there with Carl Sandburg." Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, Founder of Louder than A Bomb: The Chicago Teen Poetry Festival and Curator of Chicago's Hip-Hop Theater Festival, Kevin has been writing, performing, teaching and organizing in Chicago for 10 years.

Caise D. Hassan is a Chicago area writer for the Future Arabic Community Newspaper and online contributor to the Southwest News Herald. He has published on the Middle East in publications worldwide. Currently, he is researching a book on the 1987 Palestinian Intifada.

Saturday, June 24th, 6-9 pm

Sonotheque nightclub
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