Marking the 60th Year of Al Nakba

Southern California events marking the Palestinian Catastrophe (Al Nakba)

San Diego Screening of “The Presence of Absence in the Ruins of Kafr Bir’im” – 6 PM, Saturday 2/16

Posted by nakba60la on February 10, 2008

“The Presence of Absence in the
Ruins of Kafr Bir’im”
Film screening followed by discussion
with filmmaker Dr. John Halaka
When: Saturday February 16, 2008 6 PM

Where: Al-Awda Center, 2734 Loker Avenue West Suite K, Carlsbad CA 92010

About the Film:  2007 release by SittingCrow Productions. Produced, filmed, written, narrated and directed by John Halaka. Edited by Marissa Bowman. Music composed and performed by the Ramallah based musician Mohsen Subhi. Running time: 60 minutes.  Language: English and Arabic with English subtitles

“The Presence of Absence in the Ruins of Kafr Bir’im” presents a seldom-heard Palestinian perspective. Shot on location in the ruins and cemetery of Kafr Bir’im, a Palestinian village located in Northern Galilee, the film introduces the viewer to Mr. Ibrahim Essa, an elderly poet who is a survivor of the mass dispossession and expulsion the native population of Palestine experienced in 1948 at the hands of the Zionists. Mr. Essa’s family has lived in Kafr Bir’im for the past 700 years.  Through his narrative and poetry, Ibrahim Essa recounts his experiences as a youth in the village, the hardships of a life in exile and the intense emotional, physical and historical connections to the land that he shares with the 7.5 million Palestinians who are also living in forced exile from their homes and land. Mr. Essa employs an ancient oral tradition of poetry that, in style, is similar to what is now referred to as “Spoken Word Poetry.”  This improvisational oral tradition has been around for centuries in Northern Palestine and continues to be used by farmers and villagers to express the community’s intimate relationship to the land; a yearning for past times and a better future; and their cultural, psychological and physical attachment to the ancient and modern ruins that exist throughout that region.

For more information, contact:

Al-Awda San Diego
The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
Tel: 760-685-3243
Fax: 360-933-3568


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