The Orchard Keepers (Screening with Q+A): Produced and directed by Bryony Dunne, this documentary takes one on a journey into the heart of the Sinai desert. Behind delicate stone walls we meet Dr. Ahmad, the last surviving herbalist trained in the ancient ways of desert healing. But it is Amariya – a fiery naturalist with a robust personality born of both scars and charms – who dominates the tale. Her relationship to the land has transformed her life in unlikely ways. The Orchard Keepers pays homage to her hypnotic, rhythmic freedom.
The Makkah Clock: The Makkah Clock is a documentary by Bensalem Bouabdallah that explores the engineering breakthrough behind the development, fabrication and installation of the largest clock ever built. Shot over the course of four years in ten countries across Europe, the Middle East and the United States, it tells the astonishing story from the initial idea to the 21st Century. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director Bouabdallah and chaired by Ibrahim Darwish.
Gabrielle Farah, Bringing Home the War: Part of the P21 Gallery's 'reACT' programme, this photographic exhibition explores the traditional quintessential English landscape but at the same time interrupting the anticipated interpretations of the conventional narrative with the unexpected and to stimulate debate whilst questioning the verity of content.
Bread And Oil (Film): A short documentary by Kurdish filmmaker Taha Karimi, focusing on the issue of oil and the problems arising in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk; portraying the harsh life for the people living in the outskirts of the city as they search for oil. Part of the 'Crudification' exhibition, the screening will take place on 8 October, 2014 at the P21 Gallery and will be followed by a discussion by the director Karimi and film researcher Salar Said. Anyone can attend but must RSVP with the P21 Gallery in advance.
Voices: An exhibition that offers an intimate collection of photographic and video works that capture the vitality and resilience of Palestinians struggling under a matrix of colonisation and displacement by award-winning British photographic artist, writer and activist Rich Wiles. Currently taking place until 4 October, 2014 at the P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, London NW1 1DJ. Please note opening hours are limited to Tuesday-Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 12-4pm and Wednesdays 12-8pm.
Crudification Readings: Poets Adnnan Saigh and Jenny Lewis will present poems inspired by and dedicated to Mesopotamia. Saigh is an original voice from the generation of Iraqi poets known as the 'Eighties Movement' - His poetry carries an intense passion for freedom, love and beauty; he uses his words as a weapon to denounce the devastation of war and the horrors of dictatorship. As part of the 'Crudification' exhibition, this event is taking place on 1 October, 2014 at the P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD.
Crudification: A group exhibition that considers the human cost of the world's continued dependence on oil and creatively explores the ways in which oil has been the cause of immense human suffering, especially for those living in oil rich countries. Presented at the P21 Gallery, nine Iraqi artists and two British artists will take part: Ala Bashir, Andrew Smith, Bassim Mehdi, Hani Mazhar, Jalal Alwan, Mariwan Jalal, Mohammed Ali Dawood, Raid Houby, Richard Janes, Soodad Al-Naib and Zina Al-Jauari.
Unearthed, Issam Kourbaj: Solo exhibition by Syrian-born and UK-based artist inspired by three years of the Syrian Revolution and being deeply affected by the ongoing violence and huge numbers of casualties. Kourbaj has created multimedia works ranging from unique, site-specific installations, re-purposed book covers, discarded poster fragments and camerae obscurae as well as works on paper and canvas. From July-16 August, 2014 at the P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, London NW1 IJD.
Gaza: Photography, Videos and Drawing: At the P21 Gallery, Gaza is a group exhibition of works aiming to shed light on life in the Gaza Strip; and, accompanied by evenings of film screenings, conversation, debates and spoken words, it will indulge the viewers and participants on stories of the reality of life in an open prison. Featured artists: Mohamed Al-Hawajri, Belal Khaled, Kent Klich, Andrew McConnell, Peter Rhoades, and Asmaa Seba. At the P21 Gallery, running until 31 May, 2014.
Gaza Writes Back, Worldwide Launch: Marking the fifth anniversary of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, Just World Books is releasing a collection of short stories written in English by 15 talented young writers from Gaza, Palestine.