Jumana Manna, May 27th, 2013, “Imagined Cities: A Sketch of Manners” Film Screening and Discussion, Jordan.


Imagined Cities: A Sketch of Manners
film screening and discussion

Join us on Monday May 27th, 2013 at 6:30PM at the Columbia Global Centers | Middle East for the screening of Jumana Manna’s 

A Sketch of Manners
(co-scripted with Norman M. Klein, 12 min. 2012)

followed by a conversation with:
Lina Attel (Director General, The National Center for Culture and Arts – King Hussein Foundation)
and Jumana Manna (Independent Artist)

About “A Sketch of Manners”:

Alfred Roch, member of the Palestinian National League, is a politician with a bohemian panache. In 1942, at the height of WWII, he throws what will turn out to be the last masquerade in Palestine. Inspired by an archival photograph, “A Sketch of Manners” recreates an unconventional bon vivant aspect of Palestinian urban life before 1948.

Co-scripted with cultural critic Norman M. Klein, “A Sketch of Manners” is the first fragment of a work in progress, “Imagined Cities”, which explores the imaginary of Jerusalem and Los Angeles as promised lands, signifiers beyond the real of the ordinary or real city. One of the guests present at Alfred Roch’s Pierrot Masquerade, will end up, at some point in its life, in Hollywood…

Please RSVP to na2366@columbia.edu
All events are free and open to the public.

Columbia Global Centers | Middle East
5 Mohammad Al Sa’d Al Batayneh St. 
Amman, Jordan (map)

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Lina Attel PortraitLina Ahmed Attel (M.A. Theater Arts from the University of Wales, UK) is the Founder and Director General of The National Center for Culture and Arts of King Hussein Foundation which was initiated by Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein in 1987, and the Director of the annual International Arab Youth Congress since 1993.
She is recognized for her pioneering role in introducing drama into mainstream education and the enhancement of the theater movement where she established the first Theater Arts School in 1998 in Jordan and the first professional National Interactive Theater Troupe in 1989 , which produces issue based plays and tours nationally & internationally.
She has published articles and research papers on Theatre in Education methodology and practice for local, regional and international organizations and is deeply involved in promoting issues related to democracy and human rights for youth and women, through multimedia programs. Ms. Attel is an international certified trainer in drama and theater in education, acting and directing, communication and life skills, the art of public speaking and performing arts management.   
She directed several plays and musicals amongst them, the musical play “Petra Rocks”, “Opera Abu Hassan” with the participation of artists from France, Lebanon, Moldavia & Jordan, and “Walking the Winds … Arabian Tales” at the Kennedy Center for the performing arts in Washington DC- USA.
Ms. Attel effectively contributed to National initiatives related to culture & arts and was the head of the cultural committee for the National Plan of Action for Children (2004-2013) & participated in drafting the cultural section for the National Agenda 2006. She has also introduced Theater Arts as a main subject within the school curricula for Grades 1-10 for the Ministry of Education and devised the curricula for the Theater Department of the Arts & Design College at the University of Jordan.   
Ms. Attel served as a member of the Advisory Committee of Experts for the UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity,  Art & Design College Council of the University of Jordan, Jordan Radio And Television Corporation and the Greater Amman Municipality -City Council. Ms. Attel is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Jordan Museum, King Abdullah II Award for Entrepreneurship in Private Business, Elia Nuqul Foundation and the Arab Alliance of Women in Music, member of the League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW) New York, Vice President of International Theater Institute (ITI) – Jordan, Head of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ) in Jordan.
Major awards received; “Al Hussein Medal for Distinction of the First Order for distinguished achievement in the field of theatre- Jordan, 2000 and the international prize “Grozdanin Kikot” for the Contribution to the Development of Drama Education from The Mostar Youth Theater – Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2000 and the Award for Outstanding Performance and Contribution to Tourism in Jordan by Jordan Tourism Board for the Musical Play Petra Rocks, 2009


Lina Attel PortraitJumana Manna (born in New Jersey, lives and works in Jerusalem and Berlin) primarily uses film/video and sculpture to explore historical narratives, nationalism and subcultural communities. Her films are attempts at weaving together portraits of morally dubious characters or events, and her sculptural practice employs a language of minimalism and abstraction to reformulate familiar objects into a state of ambiguity, navigating between negation and seduction.
Manna holds a BFA from the National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, and an MA in Aesthetics and Politics from California Institute of the Arts.

Recent exhibitions include, International Film Festival, Rotterdam, The 11th Sharjah Biennale, UKS (Young Artists Society, Oslo), and Vox Populli (Philadelphia).  Upcoming exhibitions include Home Works Forum VI (Beirut), Sculpture Center (New York), Hennie Onstad Kunstsenter (Norway), Bergen Triennial, Kunsthall Oslo, Künstlerhaus Bethanien and Meeting Points curated by WHW. In 2012, she was awarded The Young Palestinian Artist of the Year Award from the A.M.Qattan Foundation.

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