March 16, 2017
HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—This spring, the Doris Duke Theatre joins theaters across the country in screening films from Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, and Syria, as part of “The Seventh Art Stand,” a national initiative that aims to challenge Islamophobia by encouraging theaters nationwide to offer a platform for filmmakers from countries affected by the U.S. government’s travel ban, otherwise known as the Muslim ban, signed Jan. 27.
“The museum’s Doris Duke Theatre is part of a working group of art-house theaters across the country dedicated to addressing equity and diversity issues in film. The members of this group feel it is important to celebrate the films from these countries as a way to promote cultural understanding and community dialogue about tough, relevant issues,” says theater director Taylour Chang.
Each organization is responsible for programming its own films. While many venues are still curating their programs, so far the Doris Duke Theatre and New York’s famed experimental film theater Anthology Film Archives are the only venues that have committed to showing films from all seven countries named in the original ban.
The program will also include live performances by artists from Syria. Saturday, May 27, Kevork Mourad—a Syrian-born, New York–based artist of Armenian heritage—will paint live on stage to the music of a Hawai‘i musician. The performance is presented in collaboration with Shangri La, where Mourad will be an Artist in Residence in April.
On June 3, the series closes with a violin performance and talk by Mariela Shaker. Born in Aleppo, Shaker was able to flee the war in 2013 when she was awarded a music scholarship by Monmouth College in Illinois. “I feel powerless to change the current tragedy ongoing in my country,” says Shaker. “However, I believe so much in the power of music to remove barriers between people and nations.”
The film schedule is still being developed. In the meantime here are films that are confirmed to be screened so far.
New Day on Old Sana'a
One of the world’s premier art museums, the Honolulu Museum of Art presents international caliber special exhibitions and features a collection that includes Hokusai, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol, as well as traditional Asian and Hawaiian art.
Located in two of Honolulu’s most beautiful buildings, visitors enjoy two cafés, gardens, and films and concerts at the theater. The museum is dedicated to bringing together great art and people to create a more harmonious, adaptable, and enjoyable society in Hawai’i.
Honolulu Museum of Art: 900 S. Beretania Street
Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House: 2411 Makiki Heights Drive
Honolulu Museum of Art School: 1111 Victoria Street
Honolulu Museum of Art at First Hawaiian Center: 999 Bishop Street
Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre: 901 Kinau Street (at rear of museum)
Honolulu Museum of Art: Tues–Sat 10 am–4:30pm; Sun 1–5 pm; closed Monday.
Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House: Tues–Sat 10am–4pm; Sun noon–4pm
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