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Juliano Mer-Khamis obituary

Palestinian-Israeli actor, activist and theatre director with a global reputation

The Palestinian-Israeli actor Juliano Mer-Khamis, who has been shot dead at the age of 52, was a successful stage and screen performer, film-maker and activist, widely known for his work as the artistic director of the Freedom theatre in the refugee camp in the West Bank town of Jenin. Dedicated to equipping young Palestinians with the potent powers of art and self-expression, Juliano carved out a stage on which children could find their feet – and voice. The theatre's achievements have resonated around the world as a focal point of creativity against the odds.

In Israel, Juliano was a stage and television star. He was known abroad as a film actor, making his debut in the 1984 adaptation of John le Carré's The Little Drummer Girl, starring Diane Keaton, and his last role was in Julian Schnabel's Miral (2010), based on Rula Jebreal
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R.I.P: Amos Gitai Regular and Doc Filmmaker Juliano Mer-Khamis

Israeli (and Palestinian) actors, directors, and artists all mourn today the assassination of actor, director, and peace activist Juliano Mer-Khamis. Born in 1958 in the Arab city of Nazareth (North of Israel) to a Jewish mother and an Arab father, Mer-Khamis embodied in his life, as well as in his death, the division and the conflict between the two people sharing this bloody land. Appearing in numerous films and plays, he is most known to the international crowd in his appearances in movies directed by Amos Gitai (Kippur, Yom-Yom, Kedma). Mer-Khamis was a controversial figure in the Israeli society, never stifling himself from expressing his political views, as unacceptable as they may be. Following his mother's footsteps, he too became a political activist, raising his voice against the occupation of Palestinians, and for human rights in Arab culture. A theater for children his late mother managed in the Palestinian city
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Filmmaker Juliano Mer Khamis Assassinated

In the midst of our excitement about the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, we just learned some very sad breaking news out of the Middle East. Filmmaker Juliano Mer Khamis, whose film Arna's Children shared the Best Documentary Award at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival, was assassinated today by masked gunmen in a refugee camp in the West Bank, located near his Freedom Theater in Jenin. As reported in 972mag.com: 'Mer Khamis, son of a Palestinian father and a Jewish mother, has faced threats since forever: From conservatives in the camp who took a strong dislike to the theatre's liberal repertoire and casting of both men and women, both boys and girls; from nationalists who saw him as an agent of the occupation, a promoter of normalization; and from just about every Israeli who commented on any news piece covering him and his activity.' Still from Arna's Children Tff Executive Director
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