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"The Wanted 18" Free Film Screening with Director Amer Shomali - Wednesday, December 2, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
This 2014 animated documentary tells the story of Palestinians in Beit Sahour who start a small local dairy but are then forced to hide the 18 dairy cows when the herd is declared a “threat to the national security to the state of Israel.” Stop-motion animation, interviews, original drawings and archival footage bring to life one of the strangest chapters in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Introduction of the film from the Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights. Director and visual artist Amer Shomali will answer questions afterwards. Presented in collaboration with the Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights. Run time of the film: 75 minutes. FREE. AARC Ballroom
Ikebana Workshops with Gregory Gaiser - Saturdays 12/12, 2/6 at 1pm
Ikebana is a contemplative practice of expressing gentleness and elegance through the art of simple flower arrangement. Ikebana, which means “give life to flowers” in Japanese, began in 11th century Japan when flowers were presented in shrines and temples. Much more than just arranging flowers, this practice mirrors the sacredness in the mind of the arranger, both in the arrangement and in the experience of the observer. Through this art form, the artist learns to train his or her perceptions to open in the harmony and natural order of the world. Details here.