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.

500 Dunam on the Moon

Rachel Leah Jones

500 Dunam on the Moon is a documentary about the Palestinian village of Ayn Hawd which was captured and depopulated by Israeli forces in the 1948 war and subsequently transformed into a Jewish artists’ colony and renamed Ein Hod. The film tells the story of the village’s original inhabitants who, after expulsion, settled only 1.5 kilometers away in the outlying hills. Since Israeli law prevents Palestinian refugees from returning to their homes, the refugees of Ein Hawd established a new village: “Ein Hawd al-Jadida” (The New Ayn Hawd). Ayn Hawd al-Jadida is an unrecognized village, which means that it receives no services such as electricity, water, or an access road. Addressing the universal issues of colonization, landlessness, housing rights, gentrification, and cultural appropriation in the specific context of Israel/Palestine, 500 Dunam on The Moon documents the art of dispossession and the resourcefulness of the dispossessed.

Following the screening of the film, the Rachel held a discussion. 

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Rachel Leah Jones is a director/Producer born in Berkeley, California. After growing up in Israel, she returned to the United States where she completed a BA in Race, Class and Gender Studies and the Politics of Representation at Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington, and an MFA in Media Arts Production at the City University of New York. Jones has worked as a producer and assistant director on numerous documentaries in Jerusalem, where she was also affiliated with the Alternative Information Center- a joint Palestinian/Israeli NGO that disseminates critical information and progressive analysis on Israeli society, Palestinian society and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.