German Films, Live Music, Talks, Ballet, and More in Amman this Week

March 31, 2013

Amman’s cultural agenda this week is rich with a good variety of events. Rainbow Art House features prominently every week with their fantastic selection of documentary, foreign, classic, and genre films. This week they’re screening academy-award nominee Rebelle (War Witch), in which Montreal-based filmmaker Kim Nguyen paints a poignant and harrowing portrait of Komona, a 14-year-old girl (wonderfully played by nonprofessional actress Rachel Mwanza) who has been kidnapped from her African village by rebels to become a child soldier. (Monday, 5:15, 7:15, and 9:15 pm)

Film enthusiasts can also look forward to three days of German films, organized by the Goethe Institute and the Royal Film Commission. The films include award-winning documentary “Neukölln Unlimited”, which tells the story of three Lebanese siblings – Hassan, Lial and Maradona – living in Berlin’s district of Neukölln. The three are successful dancers and musicians. When their family is in danger of being deported out of Germany, they plan to use their artistic talents. (Monday, 7 pm, at the Royal Film Commission)

There’s some great live music on the agenda; Egyptian singer/actress/songwriter Maryam Saleh performs songs by Sheikh Imam (Friday, 8:00 pm, at Rainbow Theater). Iraqi Oud player Khyam Al-lami performs music from his latest album “Resonance/Dissonance” after a successful tour of different cities around the world. (Saturday, 8:00 pm, Rainbow Theater).

Amman Tech Tuesdays presents a “Solar Edition” this month, discussing the energy reality and challenges of the energy sector in Jordan. (Tuesday, 6:30 pm, at Zara Expo), while Darat Al-Funun hosts an artist talk: Hrair Sarkissian in Conversation with Vali Mahlouji (Tuesday, 6:30 pm, Darat Al Funun)

The National Center for Arts and Culture presents the ballet Scheherazade, choreographed by Rania Kamhawi and performed by 100 students of the center’s dance department and the MISK Dance Company. (Thursday and Saturday, 7:00 pm, and Friday, 6:00 pm, at the Royal Cultural Center).

Today, Sunday, is your last chance to catch some of the exhibitions of the Image Festival before they close. Check out Eman Haram’s Iconographies at Nabad, Faridon Abida’s “Expansion” at Zara Gallery, Vincent Catala’s “The Island” at Dar al-Anda, and many more (details on 7iber’s google calendar).

Meanwhile, two new exhibitions open on Monday: “Years of Migration” by Iraqi artist Emad Al-Daher at Foresight32 Gallery (Monday, 6:00 pm), and Illuminations by Hammood Chantout at Dar al-Anda (Monday 6:30 pm)


From “Illuminations” by Hammood Chantout


For details on these events and many more, check out 7iber’s calendar and homepage.