Alice in Jenin: Art As Part of the Struggle

Abby Zimet

We may forget, but Palestinian life - often hard, occasionally exultant - goes on in the West Bank and Occupied Territories. The Freedom Theater has put on a trippy, rave-ish Alice in Wonderland in Jenin that for the first time made its student actors feel the power of being "liberation artists."

"Right now I believe in the theater, because it helps me learn to grieve and forgive, perhaps even the soldiers who shot my sister... and heal those wounds in my soul that are still open." - an actor whose sister was killed, and who was himself shot five times, by Israeli forces.

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