Udi Aloni – Biography


Udi Aloni is a writer, artist and filmmaker whose work explores the discourse between art, theory, and action. His art projects have been presented in numerous museums and galleries including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the ICA in London. His films Kashmir: Journey to Freedom (2009), Forgiveness (2006), Local Angel and Innocent Criminals (2003) have been screened at the Berlinale , among other venues around the world.  In 2011, his book What Does a Jew Want? On Binationalism and Other Specters was published by Columbia University Press.  In April 2012, New York’s Public Theatre presented Aloni in his visual Midrash project with philosopher Slavoj Zizek.

In 2009, Aloni began working at the Cinema Department of the Freedom Theatre in the Jenin Refugee Camp. After the murder of his dear friend, Juliano Mer Khamis, the founder and head of The Freedom Theater, Aloni directed an Arabic adaptation of Waiting for Godot with the Freedom Theatre’s graduated students. The play has toured to New York, Ramallah, Jaffa, Helsinki, Berlin, and Kassel.

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Batoul Taleb – Biography


Batoul Taleb began performing theatre at the Freedom Theatre in the Jenin Refugee Camp. Her past productions include Animal Farm, Fragments of Palestine, Alice in Wonderland, Waiting for Godot, and Miss Julie. She has toured to Europe and to the US with her theatre work and has taken part in theatre workshops all around the world. She sees theatre as a powerful tool to engage and unite the community. She is currently working to produce an Arabic version of Peter Pan, to be presented in the spring of 2013. This is Batoul’s first film.

Mariam Abu Khaled – Biography


Mariam Abu Khaled started acting when she was 15 and came to the Freedom Theatre at the age of 18 to study under Juliano Mer Khamis. Her past productions include Fragments of Palestine, Alice in Wonderland, Waiting for Godot, and Miss Julie.  She has performed around Palestine, Europe, and the US, most recently performing in an Arabic adaptation of Brecht’s Senora Carrar’s Rifles in Ramallah and Jenin.  Art/Violence is Mariam’s first documentary project.