Documentary on Aaron Swartz, Egyptian Film, and More in Amman This Week

July 20, 2014

This week, Amman’s cultural agenda is buzzing with entries that are sure to please the interests of book lovers, movie goers, and those with a musical ear.

Sunday is a busy day, as it features a poetry night, musical night, a WWII art gallery, and other sensory-engulfing events. It also features the last installment of the Arab Film Festival with the screening of “Rags and Tatters,” which follows the story of a prison fugitive who desperately tries to find his way home in a new, post-revolution Cairo (Sunday, 9:30 p.m., Royal Film Commission).

7iberCafe will host a discussion, led by Yazan Alashqar, of WirelessHangouts about free access to information and internet rights following the screening of “The Internet’s Own Boy” (Wednesday, 9:30 p.m.) This documentary tells the story of Aaron Swartz, a computer programmer, Internet activist, and political organizer who committed suicide after being prosecuted for hacking into the JSTOR archive of academic journals.

Visual Artist Sadouf Alsalem’s gallery, “Harah Ateeqah (Vintage Lane)” continues this week at Fann wa Chai (Sunday-Saturday, 9 p.m.). The artist started her career by drawing the doors and windows exhibiting Jordanian heritage using water colors.

For theatre lovers, two original theatrical works are also on this week’s calendar. The first is Nabil and Lara Sawalha’s “Nashret Ghaseel Ordoneyyeh” (Jordanian Laundry Line) at the Intercontinental Hotel (Sunday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.), and the other is political, satirical, “Aah Ya Watan” (Oh, Homeland) which will play at Ammoun Theatre (Wednesday, 7 p.m.).

For more events, visit 7iber’s cultural calendar and write us on [email protected] if we missed any events you think we should include.

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