Come watch the demonstration, have lunch and learn how to make traditional Gazan cuisine while being taken on a cultural journey through life in Gaza. Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt are co-authors of the award winning documentary cookbook The Gaza Kitchen: a Palestinian Culinary Journey, which has been praised by the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Claudia Roden, and Nancy Harmon Jenkins.
Nov.3rd @ 11am-1pm at The Flaming Eggplant in The Evergreen State College (2700 Evergreen Parkway NW- CAB 304, Olympia, WA. 98505)
Author Laila El-Haddad, a key voice for understanding the situation in Gaza, was recently featured in a segment of CNN’s Parts Unknown with CNN food and travel host Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain says of The Gaza Kitchen,
“An important book on an egregiously under appreciated, under-reported area of gastronomy. This is old school in the best possible meaning of the term.”
Through her blog and book Gaza Mom and her work as a journalist, documentarian, media activist, public speaker and policy advisor, El-Haddad provides rare insight into the human experience of the region. Originally from Gaza, she now lives in Maryland.
Maggie Schmitt is a researcher and activist working in various media (writing, photography, video, and participatory methodologies) on the intersections between ‘big’ politics and ordinary daily life. Based in Madrid, she has worked in various countries around the Mediterranean.
When their cookbook project launched in 2009, the authors wrote,
“…food is the essence of the everyday. Beyond all the discourses, the positions and the polemics, there is the kitchen. And even in Gaza, that most tortured little strip of land, hundreds of thousands of women every day find ways to sustain their families and friends in body and spirit. They make the kitchen a stronghold against despair, and there craft necessity into pleasure and dignity.”
This event, sponsored by The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice and TESC Students for Justice in Palestine, is FREE and open to the public. Parking at The Evergreen State College is free on weekends. There will be food and cookbooks for purchase at the venue. Come learn to make traditional Gaza cuisine and be taken on a cultural journey through life in the Gaza Strip!
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Home Movies Gaza – a 2013 short film by Palestinian filmmaker Basma Alsharif will screen as part of the 30th annual Olympia Film Festival at Capitol Theater, Sunday, November 10, at 4 p.m. The film is part of The International Experimental Shorts segment of the festival sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation. Seven short films with a total screening time of 74 min will be featured, followed by Q&A with filmmakers Basma Alshariff and Erick Lyle.
“…Basma Alsharif’s Home Movies Gaza, a film that captures the impossibly politicized domestic sphere of the Gaza Strip, under the constant hum and buzz of overhead drones.” – Omar Kholeif, Art Agenda, March 4th, 2013
Basma Alsharif was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents in 1983. She is a visual artist using moving and still images, sound, and language to explore the anonymous individual in relation to political history and collective memory. Since receiving an MFA from the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois – Chicago in 2007, she has worked between Cairo, Beirut, Sharjah, Amman, Gaza, and most recently Paris. Her work operates between cinema and installation. Her work wavers between fiction and fantasy to experiment with non-linear narratives that explore subjective experiences in relation to political landscapes. Using language as a response to images and images as a response to the aesthetic of text, she attempts to reveal the unreliability of facts, history, numbers, and statistics.
Alsharif’s award-winning work has shown in solo exhibitions and film festivals internationally. At the 9th Sharjah Biennial, she received a jury prize for her video We Began by Measuring Distance(2009). At the Images Festival Ontario, she was awarded the Marion McMahon Award. In 2009-2010 she was awarded the Fundación Marcelino Botín Visual Arts Grant.
This event is sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation and Olympia Film Society. Admission is $10 General Admission, $7 OFS Members, $4 Kids (12 and under). Tickets are available online or day of at the box office. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. For information contact the Olympia Film Society at 360.754.6670 or Amirah at email@example.com or 360.754.3998.