Notes from Palestine

  1. Episode VI from the webdocumentary Notes from Palestine.
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    Home is missed the most when it is denied from us.

    Palestinians are a nation without a country. Allthough Palestine is today widely recognized as a state, its people lack the rights that citizens of a state should have. The question of the over four million Palestinian refugees in the world remains unanswered.

    Yet, millions of people in Palestine call the land their home.

    As musicians, the members of Jadal try to make their home a better place in the ways they can. Victor, Wasim, and Joseph contribute to Palestinian society by teaching music. In the search of ones identity, cultural belonging is something essential. In the search of this cultural identity, art can be a valuable tool.

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  2. Episode V from the web documentary Notes from Palestine

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    Moving from one place to another is extremely difficult in Palestinian territories. Some of the Palestinian roads are in bad condition and cut by Israeli checkpoints. Thousands of Palestinians spend hours every day waiting to get through these checkpoints. It is common not to get a permission to pass through.

    Wasim, Joseph and their colleague John deal with the problem every day. As workers of Sabreen, they need to travel to different locations in West Bank, so that they can perform in schools.

    Today they take a trip to Jericho, the city claimed to be the oldest city in the world. The distance between Jericho and Bethlehem is around 40 kilometres, but since traveling is slow, they need the whole day.

    Join the men and see how their trip to Jericho went!

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  3. Episode IV from web documentary Notes from Palestine

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    Palestinian musicians usually can't support themselves by music. Therefore Joseph and Wasim can be considered lucky: They work at Sabreen, an association aiming to develop the musical education in Palestine. Part of their job is having musical performances in schools around West Bank.

    The idea is "Music for Everyone". The message is that everyone can make music and that your musical instruments can be found everywhere.

    See Joseph and his colleague John having their musical performance "Friends" at Dheisheh refugee camp, the largest refugee camp in Bethlehem area.

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  4. Episode III from web documentary Notes from Palestine

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    Jadal is an active group of Palestinian musicians. When Victor, Wasim and Joseph have freetime from their daily routine, they rearrange old songs and compose new material.

    The music of Jadal has no words, but it holds a clear message. Only through dialogue different cultures can meet. Music can be a powerful tool in bringing people together.

    The occupation of Palestine reflects in every Palestinian form of art. Jadal makes no exception. For Victor, Wasim, and Joseph, Jadal is a valuable tool for self-expression and for relieving stress. A window to shout out their need for peace and freedom.

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  5. Episode II from the web documentary, Notes from Palestine

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    Victor, Wasim and Joseph were lucky when they were little. Their families had the will and the possibility to support them on their musical studies.

    Not all the families in West Bank have this possibility. War and occupation of Palestine has a bad effect on the areas economy. Unemployment rates are high. Hobbies such as music are not the top priority for most people. Studying music is expensive, and there's not a lot of teachers around.

    Victor, Wasim and Joseph want to see a change on this. They want to make music a possibility for the youth by teaching them music for almost or totally free of charge.

    Now the men are on their way on establishing a non-governmental organization for this purpose. They teach music at The Palestinian Center for Rapprochement every week by using their own methods. They teach theory, practice songs and have formed a band with the students.

    When this video was shot the kids had played together for five months. Most of them had never played a musical instrument before.

    See the students perform for the first time!

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Notes from Palestine

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Notes from Palestine is a web documentary about Palestinian music. All the videos were filmed in Bethlehem, West Bank during fall 2009.

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