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Featured Event

Tale of the Three Jewels

Wed, Feb 21 | 6:00 PM | UCSB MultiCultural Center (MCC)

Yussef is a twelve-year old Palestinian child of the First Intifada. With his father in prison and his brother a fugitive from the Israeli army, he lives alone with his mother and sister. Though his life is marked by violence, he lives in his imagination, often escaping from the refugee-camp into the Gaza countryside.

While hunting for birds one day, Yussef meets Aida, a young girl who poses a daunting challenge, leading him into a perilous adventure.

This lyrical and moving work was shot in the early months of 1994, while Gaza remained under Israeli military occupation, and was the first feature film ever to be shot entirely in the Gaza Strip. (1 hr, 52 min)

Point of Pride

CMES Director Sherene Seikaly (History)


Has received a prestigious fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She will be working on her book From Baltimore to Beirut: On the Question of Palestine that charts the trajectory of her great-grandfather Naim Cotran (c. 1877-1961) from nineteenth century mobility across Baltimore and Sudan to twentieth century immobility in Lebanon. The book places the question of Palestine in a global history of race, capital, slavery, and dispossession.