I believe important to print here Jen Marlow's latest message regarding the killing of Juliano Mer-Khamis, director of Freedom Theatre, his most precious project. Juliano took on this project some years after the death of its seed founder, his mother Arna. I will like here to draw your attention to his film about her and Jenin theatre project 'Arna's Children', it was after making this film that Freedom Theatre was founded. It highlights perfectly the importance of theatre as not only a tool for entertainment and art/mind expression, but also as a tool for life and peace in general, and Freedom Theatre in particular. Watch it, because as Jen says: 'Juliano was killed. But he has not been silenced'. Make sure that his and his mother's words and work and that of all supporters of the project shout louder than their deaths.
Many of you may have already heard about the murder of Juliano Mer-Khamis. The co-founder and director of the Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp, he was gunned down (five bullets to the head) this afternoon outside the theatre by an unknown assailant.
I first met Juliano in 2006, when I began working with a group of activists in New York to support the Freedom Theatre. I have visited the Freedom Theatre multiple times over the years, watching Juliano teach and direct young acting students. Most recently, I watched Juliano as he coached acting students three months ago, preparing for the much-acclaimed production of "Alice in Wonderland."
I have no words at this moment to describe Juliano, the work of the Freedom Theatre and the scope and scale of this horrific event, both for his family (Juliano leaves behind two children, one still a baby, and a pregnant wife), for the theatre, for the community in Jenin Refugee Camp and for Palestine as a whole.
I can only offer this video, which I made in collaboration with my colleagues in 'Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre'.
Please take a moment to watch Juliano, in his own words, as he talks about his vision for Palestine and how the Freedom Theatre is an integral part of that vision.
And please take a moment to share this video, to post it, to spread it.
Juliano was killed. But he has not been silenced.
With deep sadness,
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