Special Advance Screening of the comedy sensation "Arab Labor", Q & A with costar Clara Houry & Yigal Arens

Free admission with advance reservations, RSVP to rsvp@levantinecenter.org with the names of those in your party and a phone number, or call 323.413.2001 to reserve by phone.

Harmony Gold Preview Theatre
7655 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90046
corner of Sunset Blvd. and Stanley
free parking beneath and behind the building

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KCET-Link and the Levantine Cultural Center invite you to a special preview event to watch two episodes of the hit sitcom ARAB LABOR and participate in a public conversation featuring invited guests Clara Khoury (who costars in the show) and Dr. Yigal Arens, moderated by Jordan Elgrably. A reception follows. You must RSVP to rsvp@levantinecenter.org or call 323.413.2001 (provide names of members in party, and a phone number).

Arab Labor is a hit Israeli sitcom series created by Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-born Palestinian columnist for Haaretz and a novelist, author of Dancing Arabs, Second Person Singular and Exposure. Arab Labor is translated from the Hebrew "Avoda Aravit", which colloquially implies "shoddy or second-rate work."

The series pokes fun at the Israel-Palestine cultural divide. It focuses on Amjad Alian, a Palestinian journalist and Israeli citizen in search of his identity as he seeks high status in the society into which he was born, but where his car is searched everyday when he drives to his job in Jerusalem.

The series plays on religious, cultural and political differences to daringly depict the mixed society that is Israel. This show was the first Israeli program to present Palestinian characters speaking Arabic on primetime.

Go to KCET link.

This event is organized by KCET-Link TV and the Levantine Cultural Center, with support from community partners CODEPINK Women for Peace, Friends of Sabeel North America (LA), LA Jews for Peace, Muslims for Progressive Values and MPAC's Hollywood Bureau.

Arab Labor panel: Clara Khoury, Dr. Yigal Arens, Jordan Elgrably (moderator)

CLARA KHOURY Film and television performance art runs in the family with Clara Khoury. An actor from childhood and the daughter of pioneering actor Makram J. Khoury, Clara made her big screen debut in Oscar-nominated director Hany Abu-Assad's Rana's Wedding (2002)-a critics' favorite. She gained further international recognition for her title role in Eran Riklis' The Syrian Bride (2004), portraying a young Druze woman who risks losing her family by entering an arranged marriage with a Syrian celebrity. More recently she has been awarded for her role as Bushra in Sayed Kashua's poignant television series Arab Labor. She plays Salma in Hiam Abbass' directorial debut Inheritance, now in theaters in France. After starring in Jonathan Sagall's Lipstikka, selected for competition at the Berlinale, Clara married and immigrated to the North Coast of California, briefly appearing on Showtime'sHomeland.

DR. YIGAL ARENS Yigal Arens directs ISI's Intelligent Systems division at the University of Southern California (USC), one of the United States' largest and most respected artificial intelligence laboratories. Under Arens' nine-year leadership, the division has grown to over 100 researchers who span the full range of AI expertise. He is deeply involved in digital government and information integration, and is experienced in multimedia interfaces and other AI disciplines. Arens directs the USC Digital Government Research Center to explore information technology use by government to communicate with citizens. He is a co-founder of Fetch Technologies, which provides Web information-gathering solutions. He joined USC in 1983, ISI in 1987, and the USC Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in 2002. Arens earned his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley. A native of Israel, he is the son of former minister Moshe Arens.

JORDAN ELGRABLY is an American-born writer and French national of Moroccan heritage who spent many years living in Paris and Madrid before resettling in Los Angeles, where he cofounded the Levantine Cultural Center in 2001. He has been passionately committed to strengthening Arab/Muslim, Christian and Jewish relations for many years. The Levantine Cultural Center has been instrumental in raising many of the key issues concerning Americans and the Middle East/North Africa, particularly conversation around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


May 04, 2014 at 5pm - 7:30pm
Harmony Gold
7655 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
United States
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