Stories of freedom and resistance

The Jana Natya Manch (Janam) and The Freedom Theatre (TFT), Jenin Refugee Camp, Palestine, are planning to collaborate and come out with a street play that will tour 10 cities in India from December to tell stories of freedom and resistance from both nations.

TFT trains youth for cultural resistance to the Israeli Occupation and shares a history with Janam, as both organisations had members of their group assassinated. One of TFT founders, Juliano Mer-Khamis, was shot dead outside a theatre, just like Janam lost Safdar Hashmi in 1989.

Today, TFT runs a professional repertory company, a theatre school, and an audio-visual training centre.

Faisal Abu Al Haija of TFT says: “Indian culture, cinema and theatre have been a great inspirations for us and we hope this will lead to many more such cultural exchanges.”

He said artistic solidarity was a huge part of the Indian National Movement and even in Palestine, artists from multiple genres are bringing to light various issues through their creative pursuits.

Jonatan Stanczak of TFT says although Palestine is still fighting against occupation and India has been free for 69 years, there are people in India who are not very different from what people are facing in Palestine. “I was walking on a road in India and saw toddlers sleeping on the road between two streets with traffic zipping past. Toddlers without a home in Palestine will also be able to relate to such an experience.”

The purpose of the play is for people from both regions to share stories, and hopefully Indian actors will get permission to tour Palestine to perform the play, that will be bilingual.

The script, however, has not be finalised and will be written over the next few month after discussion and deliberation from both sides.

The event is supported by the Palestine Solidarity Committee in India. Speaking on the behalf of the committee, Prabir Purkayastha said they welcome such an initiative and pledge all their support and resources.

TFT shares a history with Janam, as both organisations had members of their group assassinated

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