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.

Paradise Lost

Ebtisam Mara'ana
Filmmaker Ebtisam Mara’ana grew up in Paradise, one of the few Arab communities remaining after the 1948 war. Paradise became culturally and politically isolated as Jewish settlements sprung up around it, and today it is a place defined by silence and repression. This thought-provoking and intimate film diary follows the director’s attempt to recreate the village’s lost history, including the story of her childhood hero Suuad, the legendary local “bad girl” who was imprisoned as a PLO activist in the 1970’s and banished from the community. The director’s frustration builds as her questions are resisted, and her hopes soar when she finally meets Suuad, now a Doctor of Law living in the UK. Presenting the rarely heard voice of an Arab Israeli, this important film offers valuable insight into the contradictions and complexities of modern womanhood and national identity in the Middle East.


Ebtisam Mara’ana was born in Paradise (Fureidis), a small fishing village overlooking the Mediterranean, in 1975. She graduated the school of cinema and television at the Jewish-Arab academic center of Givat Haviva. She directed a number of reports for the Feminine Outlook and Arabeska programs on Israel's Channel One. Her documentary on unrecognized Arab villages Wake up to the Native Land (1999) was aired on Israel's Channel Two. Mara’ana was the assistant director in the films made by Simon Bitton, Ram Levi, and Duki Dror. Paradise Lost is her first full-length film.