This article focuses on Arna's Children, a 2004 documentary about the children's activities and theatre group founded in 1989 by Israeli activist Arna Mer Khamis in the Jenin Refugee Camp of the occupied West Bank. While the documentary provides an in-depth look at how theatrical practices can prove restorative in the face of destruction, my discussion suggests that its portrayal of the aesthetic medium also interrogates the limits of the relationship between theatrical practice and emancipatory ideals.
(Online publication May 03 2012)
emine fisek (email@example.com) holds a PhD in Performance Studies from the University of California–Berkeley and is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland). Her research is on the relationship between theatre, immigration and humanitarianism in contemporary France.
1 I am grateful to Nina Billone Prieur, Joy Crosby Palacios, Nilgun Bayraktar, Guler Okman Fisek, Tobias Wofford, Rani Neutill and two anonymous reviewers for TRI for helping me craft this article.