The Public Outreach Program aims to promote Palestinian contemporary culture and life through creative encounters that target primarily the younger generation of artists and performers. It is a platform to showcase young talent in music, art, literature and cinema, as well as presenting a rich program of talks and performances about the city and its history, interpolated by an assortment of culinary activities involving local chefs and non-professional members of the community. Artists, writers, historians, musicians and performers are invited to give public performances including talks, discussions, readings, shows and film screenings with the aim to bring together community members and creative individuals in a shared space for experimentation, entertainment and free expression.

*immersion: Part II

Mars at Sunrise: Film Screening 

August 12, 2016 7:30-10pm

Immersion: a state of escape, a state of suffocation. Citizens (or not) of states which engulf and bind, how do Levantine artists portray political claustrophobia and demonstrate the relieving power of the imaginative and innovative? The conditions of life 'submerged' in troubled political environments are explored by filmmakers from Palestine, Lebanon and beyond. While each depiction of contemporary history is unique, this collection reveals a common language of emotive motifs, a shared experience of disillusionment and suppression. 

Directed by Jessica Habie and produced by Nriah Shirazipour and Baher Agbariya, Mars at Sunrise tells the story of a painter’s resistance, courage, and spirit that can never be imprisoned in this highly stylized story of the conflict of two frustrated artists on either side of Israel’s militarized borders. Inspired by the creative journey of renowned Palestinian artist in exile Hani Zurob and on true stories and testimonies from the region, we witness expression, confinement, torture, jealousy, courage and freedom as both artists from each culture strive to paint a picture of life surrounded by conflict.

Without entrance costs, *immersion: Part II was made possible by the generosity and openness of artists from Palestine and beyond in sharing their work with us free of charge.

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Mars at Sunrise is director Jessica Habie's first feature film. Jessica’s documentary works Mandatory Service, Beyond Blue and Gray and Art and Apathy received awards at several film festivals including Tribeca Film Festival, The Cannes Short Film Corner and Berlinale Talent Campus. More information can be found here.

The *immersion screenings were curated by Fiona Glen.