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In Naples, with its precariousness and its hardships, immigrants can go almost unnoticed
In Naples, with its precariousness and its hardships, immigrants can go almost unnoticed | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanAfter having passed “A night in la Gatta,” an interview with Nunzia Cipolla, who works on the project, was necessary to understand the socio-cultural stakes behind this complex initiative. What can we understand about Naples and its problems by studying and accompanying migrants? What relationship exists between these difficult, traumatic migrant experiences and ‘Neapolitanism’?
 
Dans Denizi- Mare di Danza-Sea of Dance
Dans Denizi- Mare di Danza-Sea of Dance | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanIstanbul, from 12th to 22nd June 2007 In a cosmopolitan city like Istanbul, the project “Sea of Dance” will be an attempt to mix a half – academic - research with the performance, focusing on the cultural values of Roma people who have been living in a specific district of Istanbul for a long time but always with settling / migrating feelings. Performances and researches will also present a cultural event focused on Roman Music and Hip Pop.
 
Imaging Dahyeh – Journeys towards a Home
Imaging Dahyeh – Journeys towards a Home | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanNat Muller and Jim Quilty have been asked to curate a selection of Lebanese and Palestinian short films for the Norwegian short film festival…How to tell about South Beirut, Palestine without comforting the “war images” so much attached to these places? With “Imaging Dayeh –Fragments from the Edge of Beirut” and “Journey towards home” they questioned media narratives that “tend to represent “the Middle East” as an undifferentiated conflict zone.
 
Contemporary art in Umm el Fahem
Contemporary art in Umm el Fahem | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanTo many in Israel the city of Umm el Fahem is synonymous with Islamic fundamentalism and nationalistic protest. People familiar with the Umm el Fahem Art Gallery, however, associate the city with contemporary Palestinian arts and efforts to improve coexistence between Arabs and Jews in the country. In the coming future, when the city’s art museum will open its doors, the latter image might take over, and the city might even turn into an international attraction.
 
Only intellectuals and artists have managed to escape the clash of civilizations
Only intellectuals and artists have managed to escape the clash of civilizations | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanIt seems as though she has many lives condensed into one: evenings, she is riveted to the computer; days, she jumps from one meeting to another, her face ever smiling and gracious. Hanan Kassab Hassan has taught for a long time at the University of Damascus. We are indebted to this unparalleled translator for numerous screenplays and theatrical adaptations. For the last few months, she has been the director of the High Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus and secretary general of the festival Damascus: Cultural Capital of the Arab World in 2008.
 
Mostly Cool
Mostly Cool | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanI don’t even know their names. I browse through the Palestinian newspapers’ websites to learn their names at least, which I assumed the Israeli newspaper had dropped. But there I even don’t find anything about them. The news on the killing of that teen did not even get the chance to be reported in the Palestinian newspaper alongside the news about the death of tens of people.
 
West Bank Story – Olive-Picking
West Bank Story – Olive-Picking | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanOn a chill Thursday morning, Abu Rami is at the wheel as we leave Jerusalem, pass the checkpoints and head north into the West Bank. A seasoned activist with Israel's left-wing Peace Now movement, he's fielding calls to his mobile from both sides of the Green Line, switching between Arabic and Hebrew as reflexively as he changes gears
 
“Doma”-In between Croatia and Macedonia
“Doma”-In between Croatia and Macedonia | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanOf all the languages spoken in Balkan, the word “Doma” (At Home) is used only in Macedonian and Croatian. This is the very reason why the Artistic centre Lokomotiva in Skopje and Spectrum in Zagreb, co-producers of Doma, chose this title for the film, hoping that this project would contribute to resolve the complicated issue of identity in contemporary society and to open new perspectives of cultural cooperation in the region.
 
Break the siege – a campaign to help Palestinian students continue their studies
Break the siege – a campaign to help Palestinian students continue their studies | babelmed | women - migration - mediterranean'Break the Siege' is a campaign by the Right to Education at Birzeit University to overcome the hardship faced by Palestinian students and educational institutions, due to the international economic embargo against the Palestinian Government since January 2006.
 
The story of Daniel, an immigrant from the Ivory Coast in Algeria
The story of Daniel, an immigrant from the Ivory Coast in Algeria | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanHis father wanted to enrol him in the militias friendly to President Gbagbo and he was afraid of being killed. He also wanted to become a man, but not on the battlefield. He thought only of leaving. Wasn’t his brother a success story for the family? Wasn’t he settled, for years, in Italy? So, he migrated North, with Algeria as his destination. He didn’t know much from this far-away land. He knew it was an Arab state, where people spoke French. He knew, especially, that from there, Europe would be much closer than it was from the Ivory Coast.
 

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