Syria Mon Amour: Food, Home, and Healing

Syria Mon Amour: Food, Home, and Healing

What Do the Women Say? 2017
This year’s celebration of International Women’s Day is dedicated to Syria.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 7pm
at Brava Theater Center (2781 24th Street, San Francisco)
$20 general | $15 student and senior (No one turned away for lack of funds)
15% of proceeds will benefit International Rescue Committee Oakland, which provides essential services to refugees in the Bay Area.

The program will begin with an excerpt reading of Oh My Sweet Land, a tour-de-force solo show based on interviews with Syrian refugees in Jordan by Amir Nizar Zuabi, directed by Torange Yeghiazarian, and performed by Nora el Samahy. Also featured is an excerpt from the documentary We Are Not Princesses by Bridgette Auger and Itab Azam, which centers on Antigone of Syria, a 2014 drama workshop and performance featuring 35 Syrian women refugees in Lebanon. Iranian-American singer Dina Zarif and harpist Amelia Romano will perform songs celebrating home. Yeghiazarian will have a conversation with celebrated Bay Area chef Reem Assil, who is of Syrian and Palestinian descent, about her aspiration to heal the community through traditional food. The program will culminate in a conversation led by Yeghiazarian with Nora el Samahy, Itab Azam, Dina Zarif, Amelia Romano, and Reem Assil where audience members will be able to ask questions.

Swan DayWhat Do the Women Say? is a SWAN Day event
and is sponsored by WomenArts.

Each year, Golden Thread Productions celebrates International Women’s Day by showcasing the work of leading Middle Eastern women artists. Previous programs have focused on activism by women artists, artists who explore sex and sexuality, and female solo performers. Previous featured artists include Elmaz Abinader (This House, My Bones), Majeda Al Saqqa (Culture and Free Thought Association, Gaza Strip), Anita Amirrezvani (The Blood of Flowers, Equal to the Sun), Nawal el Saadawi (Memoirs from the Women’s Prison), Denmo Ibrahim (Baba, ECSTASY | a waterfable), Maryam Keshavarz (Circumstance), Rohiha Malek (Unveiled), Ayesha Mattau (Love Inshallah), Zahra Noorbakhsh (All Atheists are Muslim, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim), Shahrnush Parsipur (The Prison Memoirs, Women Without Men), Deema Shehabi (Thirteen Departures From the Moon), Seema Sueko (Remains), and Rosemary Toohey (The Body Washer).

Artists Biographies

Reem Assil
Sara Maamouri
Dina Zarif
Nora el Samahy
Amelia Romano

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