Events in Amman, September 18 – 24

September 18, 2011

Hakaya Storytelling festival continues this week with diverse theater and storytelling performances and readings at Al-Balad Theater, the Duke’s Diwan, and other venues. The festival closes with “Dhikra”, play/readings inspired by a 2008 Belgian play based on the testimonies of three women connected to three PLO leaders assassinated in the 70s.

Another highlight this week is the European Film Festival, which offers nine days of film screenings in Amman from 15 European countries, in addition to screenings in Ma’an and Zarqa.

You also have the Amman Street Art Fair, a concert of American pop, classical music by the Amman Symphony Orchestra, and more. So read on for details, and don’t’ forget to email us photos, videos, or reviews of events you attend.

Sunday September 18, 2011

European Film Festival: Warsaw / Poland, by Darius Gajewski, 104 minutes, in Polish with English subtitles, 2003, at the Royal Film Commission, 9:00 pm

Hakaya Festival
Desert Tales, by Yahya Wild Rajel, at the Duke’s Diwan, 6:00 pm
Dreaming Revolutionaria, by Fadi Skeiker, at Al-Balad Theater, 7:00 pm
Mediterranean Tales, by Jihad Darwish, at Al-Balad Theater, 8:00 pm
Min Al-Ams Intahayna (translated to English: From Yesterday We were Done) – collaborative exhibition/ performance, at the Studio (#89 Prince Mohammad St.), 9:00 pm

Concert: Johny Rogers Band, Hussein Cultural Center/Ras al-Ain, 7:30 pm (free entry)

Monday September 19, 2011

European Film Festival: A Breath of Heaven/ Austria, by Reinhold Bilgeri, 127 minutes, in German with English subtitles, 2010, at the Rainbow Theater, 7:00 pm

European Film Festival: The Headhunter/ Denmark, by Rumle Hammerich, 107 minutes, in Danish with Arabic and English subtitles, 2009, at the Royal Film Commission, 9:00 pm

Hakaya Festival
Hill of Forgetfulness, at Al-Balad Theater, 6:00 pm
Stories of Travel, Revolution, and Paper, by Osama Hilmi, at Al-Balad theater, 7:00 pm
The Alternative – by al-Hara theater group, at Al-Balad theater, 3:00 pm
Min Al-Ams Intahayna (translated to English: From Yesterday We were Done) – collaborative exhibition/ performance, at the Studio (#89 Prince Mohammad St.), 9:00 pm

Tuesday September 20, 2011

European Film Festival: Winter in Wartime/ Netherlands, by Martin Koolhoven, 108 minutes, Dutch, German and English with Arabic subtitles, 2008, at the King Abdallah II Cultural Center- Zarqa at 7:00 p.m.

European Film Festival: An Education/Britain, by Lone Scherfig, 100 minutes, in Arabic and French with English subtitles, 2009, at the Rainbow Theater, 7:00 pm

European Film Festival: Forbidden Fruit/ Finland, by Dome Karukoski, 110 minutes, in Finnish with Arabic subtitles, 2009, at the Royal Film Commission, 9:00 pm

Hakaya Festival, Dhikra (play/readings), at Al-Balad Theater, 8:00 pm

Wednesday September 21, 2011

European Film Festival: Cell 211/ Spain, by Daniel Monzón, 110 minutes, Spanish with Arabic and English subtitles, 2009, in the presence of Scriptwriter Jorge Guerricoechevarría. At Rainbow Theater, 7:00 pm

European Film Festival: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec / France, by Luc Besson, 107 minutes, French with English subtitles, 2010, at the Royal Film Commission, 9:00 pm.

Concert: Amman Symphonic Orchestra, at al-Hussein Cultural Center/Ras al-Ain, 7:30 pm

Hakaya Festival, Dhikra (play/readings), at Al-Balad Theater, 8:00 pm

Screening & Discussion: Beyond Struggle in Jerash, at Makan Art Space/Jabal Luweibdeh, 7:30 pm


Thursday September 22, 2011

European Film Festival: Winter in Wartime/ Netherlands, by Martin Koolhoven, 108 minutes, Dutch, German and English with Arabic subtitles, 2008, at King Hussein Bin Talal University, Princess Aisha Nursing College- Ma’an at 5:00 p.m

European Film Festival: Slaves in Their Bonds/ Greece, by Adonis Lykouresis, 135 minutes, Greek with English subtitles, 2008, at Rainbow Theater, 7:00 pm

European Film Festival: We Can Do it/ Italy, by Giulio Manfredonia, 111 minutes, Italian with English subtitles, 2008, at the Royal Film Commission, 9:00 pm

Friday September 23, 2011

European Film Festival: Yella/ Germany, by Christian Petzold, 89 minutes, German with English subtitles, 2007, at Rainbow Theater, 7:00 pm

European Film Festival: Winter in Wartime/ Netherlands, by Martin Koolhoven, 108 minutes, Dutch, German and English with Arabic subtitles, 2008, at the Royal Film Commission, 9:00 pm

Night of rock, jazz, and other stuff by Moh DooHee & Mustafa Muhana, and Perfect & Insane (Ahmad Farah), at Beit Shokeir (Khirfan st., Jabal Amman), 7 – 9 pm.

Opening of Amman Street Art Fair, at Municipality Park, Ras El Ain, 5:00 pm

Saturday September 24, 2011

European Film Festival: Men Who Swim/ Sweden, by Dylan Williams, 72 minutes, 2010, at Rainbow Theater, 7:00 pm

European Film Festival: First of All, Felicia/ Romania, by Melissa de Raaf & Razvan Radulescu, 108 minutes, Romanian with English subtitles, 2009, at the Royal Film Commission, 9:00 pm

Amman Street Art Fair, at Municipality Park, Ras El Ain, all day.

Fundraising Pool Party: 365 Kms In 3 Days, at the Landmark Hotel, 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Tickets JD 40. All proceeds go to support the Cycling for Gaza initiative.