Mariam Abu Khaled, Udi Aloni, Batoul Taleb, USA, Palestine, Israel, 2013, 75’
Direction : BatoulTaleb, Mariam Abu-Khaled, UdiAloni
Music : DAM (Tamer Nafar, SuhellNafar, Mahmoud MahmoudJreri), Shadia Mansour
Photography : Amnon Zlait
Editing : Adi Golan
Producers : Udi Aloni, Batoul Taleb, Tamer Nafar
Inspired by works such as Alice in Wonderland, Waiting for Godot and Antigone, the young Palestinian actress explores the themes that have to do with the military occupation and gender oppression, with violence and pain - both on stage and in the real life. The author was guided by the life and work of her favorite film director Juliano MerKhamis, killed on 4th July 2011 in front of the Freedom theatre in the Jenin refugee camp, situated in the West Bank. Reacting to this unpredictable and cruel reality, the imagination creates an artistic rebellion by representing the young and active generation of Palestinians in a vivid and courageous manner. Art/Violence isn’t just a movie on MerKhamis’s life and work, but is a story inspired by his artistic and political ideas, which continue to live and evolve through the work of these three young artists.
About the Autors:
Udi Aloni is a writer, artist and filmmaker whose work explores the discourse between art, theory, and action. His art projects have been presented in numerous museums and galleries including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the ICA in London. His films (2009), (2006), and (2003) have been screened at the Berlinale , among other venues around the world. In 2011, his book was published by Columbia University Press. In April 2012, New York’s Public Theatre presented Aloni in his visual Midrash project with philosopher Slavoj Zizek. After the murder of his dear friend, Juliano Mer Khamis, the founder and head of The Freedom Theater, Aloni directed an Arabic adaptation of with the Freedom Theatre’s graduated students.
Batoul Taleb began performing theatre at the Freedom Theatre in the Jenin Refugee Camp. Her past productions include Animal Farm, Fragments of Palestine, Alice in Wonderland, Waiting for Godot, and Miss Julie. She has toured to Europe and to the US with her theatre work and has taken part in theatre workshops all around the world. She sees theatre as a powerful tool to engage and unite the community. She is currently working to produce an Arabic version of Peter Pan, which was presented in the spring of 2013. This is Batoul’s first film.
Mariam Abu Kaled started acting when she was 15 and came to the Freedom Theatre at the age of 18 to study under Juliano Mer Khamis. Her past productions include Fragments of Palestine, Alice in Wonderland, Waiting for Godot, and Miss Julie. She has performed around Palestine, Europe, and the US, most recently performing in an Arabic adaptation of Brecht’s Senora Carrar’s Rifles, in Ramallah and Jenin. Art/Violence is Mariam’s first documentary project.
Festival and awards:
• Berlinale 2013, Cinema Fairbindet Prize (winner);
• Cinema South Festival, Israel 2013, Prize of Juliano (winner);
• Med Film Festival, Rome 2013, „Open Eyes Award“ (winner);
• Documentaries Film Festival, Istanbul;
• Jerusalem International Film Festival;
• International Human Rights Film Festival of Buenos Aires;
• Toronto Palestine Film Festival;
• International Cinematographer’s Film Festival, Macedonia;
• Tel Aviv/Jerusalem/Haifa Screenings;
• CinePalestino Festival, Sheffield, UK;
• Montreal International Documentary Festival;
• Malatya Festival, Turkey;
• UK Jewish Film Festival London;
• Germany-Wide Film Tour.