A collection of Children’s Art Cards from Jana Friday Art Club on recycled paper made by the Arij Women’s Cooperative for all your special celebrations and holidays.
To order please contact: Arij: +961 70 661 350 ARCPA/AL-JANA: +961 1 819 970
After seeking songs for 2 years from around the world, the Janana CD finally saw the light. The 16 songs here were graciously donated by friends from around the world (South Africa, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Egypt, Italy, Jordan, USA, Bolivia, Japan, Ireland, Lebanon, and Palestine) to a CD dedicated to Palestinian refugee children living in Exile.
We hope that the songs in this special CD will create the magical atmosphere that will enchant children everywhere and inspire them to join the band. Proceeds will support the Jana Music Program that engages young Palestinians in discovering the magical world of music.
Children draw their dreams on sails.
They write their name as captain,
and the name of their village as the destination.
Each boat is handcrafted and about the size of one’s palm.
Al-Awda / Return Boats is a project by and for the children of Nahr El-Bared.
It is inspired by Nubian children in Aswan.
The Power of the Creative Arts: This Film captures the work & experiences of participants engaged in an experiential workshop utilizing the creative arts within a therapeutic context. The workshop made use of projective techniques to explore the inner worlds of the participants. Key to the work was the process itself, a process that focused on creating a safe space to begin exploring the internal fabric of roles we play and the roles that shape the stories we tell ourselves and others.
“Away from Home Again” is a learning & creative expression odyssey by displaced young Palestinian refugees from Nahr El-Bared camp, Lebanon.
A photo-voice chronicle of the trials & tribulations of refugee children at a time of war & displacement; their efforts to express & transform their precarious lives, & their participation in their community’s efforts to rebuild their lives & their camp.
Over the span of three years (2007-2009), the children in this journey worked with specialists to become photo-journalists, filmmakers, creative writers & artists.
Their productions are a testament to the transformative power of art and the creative energies of young people at times of crisis.
Ya darna yamm al-shadjar lkhzar
Palestinian folktales & songs remembered & compiled after half a century of living in exile.
Proceeds will support the work of an NGO working with Palestinian children in Gaza Strip.
- The First Harvest by Jaber Suleiman
- Al-Jana Symposium on Embroidery by Rose Shoumali
- An Interview with Mrs. Widad Kawarz
- Embroidery on Dresses of Southern Palestine by Dr. Edward Kash
- A Bibliography on Costumes and Embroidery by Dr. Edward Kash
- Dr. Tawfik Kanaan (1882-1964): A pioneer Anthropologist from Palestine by Jaber Suleiman
From Our Collection
Folk Tale: The King and the Porter
The Bridegroom as the Hero
Institutions of Heritage
Palestinian Folklore Center / The Society of In’ash El-Usra – Bireh / Palestine.
File of this Edition
Dr. Tawfiq Canaan (1882-1964); The Pioneer of Folk Studies in Palestine.
- Folk Songs Sung in Villages Wedding in Palestine by Mahmoud Muflih al-Baker
- Palestinian Folklore: Superstitions about Bread by Jaber Suleiman
- NGO Profile: The Association for the Development of Palestinian Camps / Lebanon by Zeinab Saqallah
Files on Oral History
- Oral history and Palestinian Collective Memory by Sonia El-Nimr
- Oral History and Palestinian Community by Rosemary Sayigh
- Interview with Bayan al-Hout
- Interview with Rosemary Sayigh
- Interview with Julie Peteet
- The Use of Oral History in Activities with Young Adolescents by Moa’taz al-Dajani
- An Annotated Bibliography: Palestinian Studies
- Using Oral History
- Book Reviews of Oral History Texts
- NGO Profile: Tamer Institute for Community education in Palestine by Zeianb Saqallah
- Zajjal by Assad Said
- Yusra Jawharieh ‘Arnita, Musicologist
- Abu Arab, Popular and Singer
From Our Collection
- Folk Tales and Songs
Palestinian Oral History File
- Remembering the Near East Broadcasting Station in pre-1948 Palestine (Part 1)
- Palestine As Remembered by the “Shaikh” of Popular literature in Lebanon, Salam Al-Rasi by Jaber Suleiman
- Mahmoud Dakwar’s Collection: An Ethnographic museum for the Palestinian collective memory by Jaber Abu Hawash
- The Instrument of Abusrdity, “Al-Arghul” by Ali Al-Cordi
- Learning with Cultural Heritage: Textbooks on Palestinian folk tales and songs
- NGO Profile: The National Institute for Social Care and Training / Beit Atfal Al-Somud by Zeinab Saqallah
Palestinian Oral History File
- Remembering the Near East Broadcasting Station in pre-1948 Palestine (Part 2)
- Hafia in Puplis of My Eyes: A Meeting with the Poet of Hafia, Hassan Al-Buheriy by Ali Al-Cordi
- Memories of Childhood in Hafia by Ranada Farah
- The Art of Palestinian Embroidery: A Dialogue with the Artist Haykia Awad by Ali Al-Cordi
The Collective Memory File
- Palestinian Oral History Archives : Testimonies on the 1948 Nakba
- Palestinian Folk Archive: Original Folklore Texts (Popular Songs and Tales)
Cultural And Educational Institutions
- Popular Art Center / Al-Bireh.
- Oral History is an Activist Project: “Concrete Details” and the “Human Factor” by Kirsten Scheid
- Oral History for Palestinians: The Beginning of a Discipline by Rosemary Sayigh
- The continuous, Permanent Connection by Bayan Al-Hout
Guides to Doing an Oral History Project
- How to Undertake an oral History Project: PANOS Guidelines for Oral History Collection.
- Oral History and the Palestinian Community in Lebanon by Rosemary Sayigh
From Our Collection
- The Tale of the Ful Seller’s Daughter , a popular tale
- The Cleverness of Abu al-Husayn , a popular tale
- Imm Nafidh’s Story of the Hijra
Oral Testimony File
- “This Illiterate Woman, She Talked to Us” Participants’ Responses to Al-Jana’s 1948 Uprooting Oral History Project
Summary And Evaluation by Kirsten Scheid
- Further Readings
About Al-Jana and Its Activities
- The Use of Oral History in Activities with Children
- Cultural Life in Palestine before the Uprooting
- Memories of Jaffa: An interview with the poet Mahmoud el-Hout.
- Establishing a Palestinian film archive: Dialogue with filmmaker Qais-al-Zubaydi.
- Researching the memory of space: An interview wtih Dr. Mahmoud ‘Issa
From our archives
- Oral testimonies and songs from 1948 Palestine.
- Oral history is an activist project: “Concrete details” and the “human factor”.
- The young journalists’ exhibition Book Reviews: Bab al-Shams, a novel by Elias Khoury.
- Being an Internal Refugee: Palestinian Refugees 1948-1998 by Dr. Adel Hussayn Yahya
The reality of life in the refugee camps blocks the dreams of children and becomes a nightmare for Halim. He is thinking of leaving school to support his family, while his friends spend the vacation acting as fortune-tellers.
Scenario by the young Filmmakers:
Ahmed Al-Shouli, Bachir Hussein, Jamal Mohamad, Mohamed Halimeh
Direction & Editing: Hicham Kayed Production: AL-JANA Language: Arabic with English subtitles Technical supervision: Paul Matar Duration: 25 minutes The film is a product of the project: Palestinian Refugee children in Lebanon record their lives & express their hopes. Project Coordinator: Moa’taz Dajani
The young writers of the scenario enter the film as a group of friends whose day dreams become a reality. Mohammed, the journalist, covers the young photo-journalists’s exhibit in the camp, Rabab flies across all borders, Muna becomes a doctor, Walid finally sings on stage and Zeinab directs the film.
Scenario by the young Filmmakers:
Rabab Abdel Hadi, Zeinab Keizaran, Mohammad Azzouka, Muna Zaaroura, Walid Balqis
Direction & Editing: Hicham Kayed Technical supervision: Paul Matar Production: AL-JANA Language: Arabic with English subtitles Technical supervision: Paul Matar Duration: 16 minutes The film is a product of the project: Palestinian Refugee children in Lebanon record their lives & express their hopes. Project Coordinator: Moa’taz Dajani Golden Prize: Ministry of Culture’s Award for Best Arabic Long & Short TV Film at Cairo International Film Festival for Children 2002
We’re deprived from playing because of the landmines, and our families are not
able to cultivate the land.” (Doha, 12-years old, from Aiyta el Shaab)
Children in the Midst of Mines. Lebanon, 2001 Young Filmmakers: Shahrazad Berri, Mohammad Samhat, Morshid Kazan, Mohammed Bezzi Direction & Editing: Hicham Kayed Language: Arabic with English subtitles Duration: 20 minutes Production: AL-JANA & Save The children Sweden The film is a product of the project: Raising Children’s Awareness on the Dangers of Mines A documentary prize, for children ages (13 – 16) from Kids for Kids festival – Bologna – Italy. Two prizes from Cairo International Children Film Festival for Children & Young People 2003 (Jury International & Ministry of Culture)
“I dreamt that my grandmother held me by the hand and flew with me to Palestine.” She looked down and said “This is our village my grandson.” I descended and she continued her flight.
Palestine grows roots with the forth generation of refugee children when the memories of the uprooting of 1948 become experiential learning activities for youth.
Their research & creative expressions become proactive resources for other children.
This film is a component of an active learning pack commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Uprooting of 1948. Executive Director: Hicham Kayed Idea & General Coordinator: Moa’taz Dajani Production: Arab Resource Center For Popular Arts/ AL-JANA Duration : 33 min. Language: Arabic with English Subtitles.
- The history of palestinian Oral History: Individual Vitality and Institutional Paralysis by Rosemary Sayigh
- Gaby Abed, recorded in Yafa, October 26,1998
- Ibrahim Abu-Lughod, recorded in Ramallah June 12, 2000
- Jamil Arafat, recorded in Mashhad, April 14, 2000
A Palestinian family settles in a new exile in Lebanon after fleeing Kuwait during the Gulf War.
The children raised with the epic tales of thier grandfather’s heroism in the defense of Palestine,
finally meet him but only for one day, before he dies.
The young brothers try to transcend their predicament as refugees by spending their holidays productiviely, inspired by the girl that created beautiful ritual out
of the grandfather of her grandmother.
Directed by : Hicham Kayed Scenario by : Bilal Abu el-Haijah, Ezziddien Abu el-Haijah & Lutfi Abu el-Haijah Idea : Nadeen al-Jamal, Niveen al-Jamal, Saa’d Shedhadeh, Wasim Shehadeh, Soheir Aidi & Noura Abdallah Cameraman & Editing: Hicham Kayed Technical Supervision: Pual Matar Production: AL-JANA/ ARCPA The film is a product of the project : Palestinian Refugee Children in Lebanon Record their Lives & Express their Hopes. Project Coordinator : Moa’taz Dajani Lebanon, 2004 Golden Prize: Cairo International Film Festival for Children 2004 Golden Prize: Ministry of Culture’s Award ( Cairo ) 2004 Silver Cairo : Long and Short Feature Film Jury – Cairo International Film Festival for Children 2004 Producers Award, The 4th Youth Media Festival Berlin 2005
Through lively anecdotes and behind the scene accounts we get an inside view of the creative process that went into the making of the various films, animation and photo-essays produced by Palestinian children over the last 4 years as part of the Palestinian Youth Record their Lives and Express their Hopes Project.
Direction: Mai Masri Camera: Hussein Nassar & Fouad Sleiman Sound: Mouhab Shanesaz Editor: Michele Tyan Duration: 45min Produced By: Noor Production Lebanon, 2004
Artistic Works of Camps’ youth showing the unfamiliar in the familiar.
- Haweyeh Zarqa – Video Clip : Eien el-Hilweh camp
- Lan Armosh: Kasmmeyeh Camp
- Why Not? : Shatilla camp
- Khattat : Al Baddawi camp & Nahr El-bared camp
- Tanhedeh Kelmeh : Borj el-barajneh
- Howeyeh Zarqa : Eien el-Hilweh camp
July 14th, 2006
Israel launches a massive attack on Lebanon that ended in displacing more than one million persons. During the 33 days war some families take refugee in a theater in the capital city of Beirut. This film shows the transformative ability of the arts and its healing powers.
Lebanon 2010, 52 min. Directed, Editing & Filming by: Hicham Kayed Production: ARCPA/AL-JANA Language: Arabic with English subtitles
The Seasons of Janana film is a journey with children in active learning, fun and creativity. Janana is a campaign to develop child-friendly libraries and promote fun-learning and creativity in disadvantaged communities in Lebanon.
Production: ARCPA/ AL-JANA Janana Program Founder & Coordinator: Moa’taz Dajani Language: Arabic with English subtitles Director/Editor: Hicham Kayed Duration: 32 minutes Lebanon, 2007
This video and book are the result of a 5 years musical journey that Al Jana has taken with a group of Palestinian and Lebanese KG teachers. It was created in response to their wish to have a creative music book directed at working with very young children which used music to support other areas of the curriculum.
The resource is mainly directed at children aged 3-7 but offers ideas for younger and older children. The activities are practical and most require that you have some percussion instruments. There are two important premises behind this resource – the first is that you do not need to be a musician to give children meaningful and fun musical experiences. We all have the capacity for creativity and inspiring creativity. The second premise is that children make music with or without adults. Creativity is as vital a skill as maths or literacy. Making music demands the coordination of different bits of our brain – the imaginative, the emotional, the logical and the physical. Music is also inherently social and children can learn the vital skills of listening, taking turns, leading and working as a team – all essential life skills. As you watch the film cast away your preconceptions about what music is and isn’t and listen to the music the children create. Then you will discover the wonderful world of children’s music – full of invention, surprise and beauty. Produced By: Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts /AL-JANA A.M.Qattan Foundation – Qattan Center For Educational Research & Development
Children, maybe even more than adults, have the need to speak, to tell, to show. During the workshops focusing on expression, AL-JANA invited them to express themselves, to speak about themselves through their writings.
Ya baldna Leish Hajartina – Active Learning Pack
Ya baldna Leish Hajartina “our country why have you fortaken us” focused on part on answering the questions that we collected from children and youth, (the 4 th generation of refugee children), about the uprooting of 1948. Testimonies were recorded with 116 Palestinian women and men, a total of 140 hours of recoded interviews, were basis the material that a team of AL-JANA worked on to produce an active learning pack consisting of a story book, twenty testimonies, activity sheets, a film and a CD of recorded testimonies and ‘Aataba songs from the hijra. The resource pack was tested with many children and educators, before it was published. The elders who volunteered to give their testimonies were taking part in “ a mission ” to pass on “ our history ” to the grandchildren, “ our hope ”, to quote their terms. At the end of the project certificates and copies or the productions were handed to some of them, others we lost but we have part of their legacy circulating. The sense of “ mission ” helped many get over: “what good is remembering now?”.
“I wish I were a bird” : young photo-voices from the camp is another production put together by the “young photo-journalist” team.
This is a bi-lingual 150 pages book of photos, artwork and testimonies by Palestinian refugee children, in color and hardcover. 30 children worked for more than a year to finish this work that was printed March 2001. The topics that the children decided to show in this book include: - Children’s lives in refugee camps in Lebanon characterized by insufficient health care, poor sanitation, inappropriate education, school drop-out, child labor, lack of job, opportunities and emigration. - Children’s hopes, what make them happy: “picnics, good food, fitness, education, friendship, and love”, & what makes them sad: “air-raids, fear, and worry”. - The memories of elder people about their live in Palestine, and of their uprooting, children are connected to their past and the history of their people: “life had to go on far the sake of Palestine”: “I wish I were a bird to fly to my country”. - Children’s views of their rights: “my right to have rights and to defend them”; “my right to study and not to work”; “the right to have good food and shelters”; “poor children have the right to play and to have safe play-grounds”; “the right to medical treatment”; “the right to free expression”; “the right to have a homeland”; and “the right to liberate my country and return home”. - Moments of hope reflected in stories of the time when children saw the land of Palestine after the liberation of South Lebanon in May 2000, and meeting children from Palestine at the border. These children prove that the fourth generation of Palestinian children in exile are connected to their past, and concerned about their present and future. It is to note that the possibility of translating the work to Spanish, Dutch, French, Japanese and Finnish is being considered. This is a product of the project: Palestinian Refugee children in Lebanon record their lives & express their hopes.
For the last five years children and youth have been meeting on Friday mornings at Al Jana to investigate art processes, draw from the figure, the man-made and natural world and experiment with different two and three dimensional design concepts.
Using the skills they have learned together with their imagination they have then gone on to create stories, images, puppet shows and three dimensional forms in response to their lives, communities and regional history. The body of work that they have created has been collected together into a book that explains drawing and design concepts in a simple way using their art work as examples. The book is in English and Arabic and includes technical footnotes to explain processes.