Welcome to KARAMA
KARAMA is an independent, non-partisan organization seeking to promote understanding of the issues facing the Arab and Islamic world, and of the Palestinian issue in particular. KARAMA’s vision is that a fresh understanding of the hopes and aspirations of the area’s people will replace the stereotypes and distortions that dominate public discourse on the region. We are involved in several projects to help realize this vision. On this website you can find information about these projects and you can access resources that we have collected or created that speak to the vital issues of the Arab and Islamic World.
2014 Arab Film Festival Set for
As in previous years, the 2014 Arab Film Festival will be held at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park on the evenings of November 20, 21 1nd 22 with one additional special screening sponsored by Students for Justice in Paletine at UCSD. Films for this year are:
- Rock the Casbah (Morocco) Family drama set in Tangiers as 3 sisters return from overseas after the death of the family patriarch (played by Omar Sharif).
- Heritages (Lebanon) Tells the story of 5 generations of a Lebanese family that have fled wars or massacres from the Ottoman Empire to the Lebanese civil war and beyond.
- Giraffada (Palestine) Tells the story of a boy whose love of giraffes leads him and his father to sneak a giraffe from the Tel Aviv zoo to the West Bank's only remaining zoo.
- Pieces of Lives, Pieces of Dreams (Algeria) Traces the work of Algerian artist Mustafa Butajin and his view of the relationship of his art to the Algerian Revolution and other international political movements.
- Ladder to Damascus (Syria) Follows a drama student to Damascus where she meets an aspiring cinematographer amid the sounds of tumult and war.
- In My Mother's Arms (Iraq) Tells the story of a compassionate man in Baghdad who tries to help 32 children orphaned by war.
- May in the Summer (Jordan) Successful author returns from the US to Amman for her wedding when simmering conflicts between family members cause her to rethink her life choices.
- It's Better to Jump (Palestine) The ancient city of Akka, along the northern coast of Israel, is the home to a melting pot of Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Baha’i. IT’S BETTER TO JUMP captures the spirit of Akka’s Arab residents and the leap of faith they make towards self-determination and a better future.This film will be screened free at UCSD.
KARAMA offers supplementary materials
and teaching the Palestine/Israel conflict
KARAMA has developed a packet of supplementary materials that is intended to be used as an aid in presenting the information already in seventh grade social studies textbooks. The materials are organized into three content categories plus an overview and a list of links to additional resources. The three categories are Introduction to Islam, Beliefs of Islam, and Islamic Achievements. Please review these materials, and if you find them useful, feel free to download and reproduce as needed. To see these materials, click here.
In addition, Karama offers the Lesson Outline and supplementary materials for the workshop Teaching the Palestine/Israel Conflict: A Multuple Narratives Approach developed by Dr. Samia Shoman. To see these materials, click here.
The piece below is KARAMA's overview of the issues of the region.
The Modern History of the Arab and Islamic
World is Inseparable From Colonialism
From the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement, the 1917 Balfour Declaration, and the 1920's League of Nations Mandates to the contemporary occupation of Palestine and calls for "regime change," major features of the region have been imposed by the West with little regard for the rights and hopes of the people living there.