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.

Days of Cinema Public Talk

Rudy Luijters, Jumana Abboud, and Polia Medvedeva 

August 28, 2015 6:30pm 

The Public Talk, arranged by FilmLab:Palestine, presented the works and practices of visual artists Rudy Luijters (Belgium) and Jumana Emil Abboud (Palestine) followed by the screening of "Area C: Palestinian Informal Economy" by designer and filmmaker Polina Medvedeva (Russia/Netherlands). 

A question-and-answer session was held following the presentations to discuss the works of the artists. 

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FilmLab: Palestine is a non-profit company based in Ramallah. The organization was established in 2014 and aims to empower Palestinian youth in refugee camps to tell their personal stories. FilmLab: Palestine uses international models of public and private partnership to promote film art and film culture in Palestine with the greater aspiration of creating a productive and dynamic Palestinian film industry. Days of Cinema falls within this vision, the idea of interacting and discussing with local and international filmmakers and Palestinian audiences, with more than 60 local and international films, and hosting international filmmakers in panel discussions.

Rudy Luijters is a Dutch visual artist based in Belgium, whose work can be seen as a series of cultural and natural observations and registrations leading to reports and arrangements. More information on Rudy can be found here

Jumana Emil Abboud is a Palestinian artist living and working in Jerusalem. Jumana utilizes drawing, video, performance, objects, and text to navigate themes of memory, loss, and resilience. She studied at the Ontario College of Art (Toronto, Canada) and has exhibited locally and internationally, in addition to teaching and holding the position of director at Al Ma'mal. 

Polina Medvedeva is a Russian-Dutch designer and filmmaker. She graduated from the Sandberg Institute in 2014 from the Design Department. She is interested in informal economies, alternative socio-economic systems, and survival strategies outside of the state.