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Once Upon a Time in a Place called Palestine…

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

| $5

An Evening of Palestinian Folktales told
by Sarah Abušarar

Long, long time ago, long before the occupation, near the mountains and the sea, there was a land called Palestine. This far away land was filled with lions, Jinn’s, and colourful people. It was a land filled with stories and wonder.

Palestine still remains but its story has changed. Using folktales Sarah Abušarar will take you to a time when Ghouls were feared instead of tanks and magic carpets could fly over walls. A time when Gazelles roamed in great numbers and birds sang songs of justice.

Folktales have historically been used as a tool for common folk to reflect on the world and mark down their history. While books are often written by privileged scholars, folktales have been passed down orally by people who in many cases may not even have known how to read or write. Folktales and folk-art are a way to understand the common people of Palestine and how they shaped their culture.

Sarah will use Palestinian folktales in order to explore Palestinian culture and its current political situation. Between the telling of the folktales, she will reflect with the audience on the stories current significance. She will touch upon themes such as the environmental impact of the occupation, censorship of stories and how stories travel.

Sarah Abušarar is Palestinian on her paternal side; she uses Palestinian folktales as a personal exploration.  Sarah, tells Palestinian stories out of need to connect to a land that has been deprived from her and a culture that has been denied to her. Through stories Sarah finds her place in the world.  As Sarah tells her folktales, it is evident that she is being transported from the occupation into a Palestine from long ago and taking the audience with her …  a Palestine that still faced hardship but also danced with magic.  It is only by remembering our stories that we can really shape our future.

Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:50
– $5 donation (suggested minimum)
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.