AL-JANA Productions and Publications

AL-JANA Films, Books & Musical Productions

To date, AL-JANA has produced 18 DVDs, two of which are part of printed resource packs. These short and full-length documentary films have been screened and broadcasted around the world. Many of our productions received award, such as; Lemonade (13 min.) that won the 2004 Golden Prize at the Cairo International Film Festival for Children 2004 and Three Quarters won an Award of Merit at the 2016 Accolade Global Film Competition.

AL-JANA has also released CDs for children such as the Janana music CD featuring 16 songs for children from around the world. Books published are the outcome of projects with children and youth, for example; Drawing and Design: Friday Art Club at AL-JANA and Timeless Tales: Folktales told by Syrian refugees, Away from Home Again about the displacement from the Nahr El-Bared camp in north Lebanon.

Here below is a full list of films, books and musical productions undertaken by AL-JANA. The list can be downloaded by clicking here

Item
Discription
Unit Price US$
Our Country Why Have You Forsaken Us
Book + CD – Audio
30
I Wish I Were a Bird
Book
25
O Home of Evergreen Trees
Book 25 + CD – Audio 15
40
Away From Home Again
Book
23
Journal of a Young Refugee
Book
15
Timeless Tales
Book
15
Journal of a Young Refugee
Book
15
Let’s Open the Door For Music
Book + DVD
24
Writing Workshops: Words On Colors
Book
8
Drawing and Design: Friday Morning at AL-JANA
Since January 2002, children and youth aged 6-15 have been coming to AL-JANA in Beirut on Friday mornings to enjoy art activities together. This book shows a little bit of what they have been busy doing.
Book
15
The Uprooting (2008)
A book of Shadow Theatre and Drawings done by the young artists who attended the Friday Art Club workshops run by Amy Trabka and Khalida Eid. The activities for this children’s story were supported by: Bread for the World (BftW) Diakonia
The printing of this children’s story was supported by: United Palestinian Appeal
Short Story
5
Sukkar Yafa (2002)
Synopsis:
“I dreamt that my grandmother held me by the hand and flew with me to Palestine, she looked down and said this is our village my grandson. I descended and she continued her flight.”
Palestine grows roots with the fourth generation of refugee children when the memories of the uprooting of 1948 become experiential learning activities for youth.
Their research and creative expressions become proactive resources for other children. This film is a component of an active learning pack commemorating the fiftieth of 1948.
Executive director: Hicham Kayed
Idea and Coordination: Moa’taz Dajani
Produced by: ARCPA/AL-JANA Running time: 32 min.
This film was supported by Welfare Organization.
Film
15
God Forbid (2001)
Synopsis: The reality of life in the refugee camps blocks the dreams of children and becomes the nightmare of Halim. He is thinking of leaving school to support his family, while his friends spend the vacation acting as fortune-tellers.
The film is a product of the project: Palestinian refugee children express their hopes.
Project coordinator: Moa’taz Dajani
Scenario by the young filmmakers: Ahmad Al-Shouli, Bachir Hussein, Jamal Mahmoud, Mohammed Halimeh
Production: ARCPA/AL-JANA
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Directing & Editing: Hicham Kayed
Running Time:
Film
15
Our Dreams When? (2001)
Synopsis: The young writers of the scenario enter the film as a group of friends whose day-dreams become reality. Mohammed, the journalist, covers the young photo-journalists’ exhibit in the camp, Rabab flies around all borders, Muna becomes a doctor, Walid finally sings on stage and Zeinab directs the film.
The film is a product of a project: Palestinian refugee children in Lebanon record their lives and express their hopes.
Project coordinator: Moa’taz Dajani
Scenario by the young filmmakers: Rabab Abdel Hadi, Zeinab Kheizaran, Mohammad Azzouka, Muna Zaaroura, Walid Balqis
Production: ARCPA/AL-JANA
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Directing & Editing: Hicham Kayed
Running Time: 16 min.
Awards: Golden Prize of the Ministry of Culture for the Best Arabic Long & Short TV Films, Cairo International Film Festival for Children (2002)
Film
15
Childhood in the Midst of Mines (2002)
Synopsis:
Creative Coordination: Hicham Kayed
Young filmmakers: Mahammad Bazzi, Shahrazad Berri, Morshid Kazan, Mohammad Samhat
Produced by: Save the Children Sweden & ARCPA/AL-JANA
Running Time: 19 min.
Awards: Silver Cairo Prize, Cairo International Film Festival for Children, March 2003
Prize of Documentary Section, Kids for Kids Film Festival, Italy, 2003
Film
15
Studio Camps
Film
15
Lemonade (2004)
*inspired by the true story of three Palestinian young brothers
Synopsis: A Palestinian family settles in a new exile in Lebanon after fleeing Kuwait during the Gulf War. The children are raised with epic tales of their grandfather’s heroism in the defence of Palestine, finally meet him but only for one day, before he dies.
The young brothers try to transcend their predicament as refugees by spending their holidays being productive, inspired by a girl that creates beautiful rituals from her grandmother’s garden.
Direction & Editing: Hicham Kayed
Scenario by the young filmmakers: Bilal, Ezziddien and Loutfi Abu El-Hajjah
Production: ARCPA/AL-JANA
The film is the product of the project: Palestinian refugee children in Lebanon record their lives and express their hopes.
Project coordinator: Moa’taz Dajani
Running time: 13 min.
Awards: Golden Prize, Cairo International Film Festival For Children, 2004
Golden Prize Ministry of Culture Awards
Silver Cairo, Long & Short Feature Film Jury
Cairo International Film Festival for Children 2004 Producers’ Award, the 14th Youth Media Festival, Berlin, 2005
Film
15
Neither Here nor There (2006)
Synopsis: Many Palestinian youth believe that immigration is the best solution for the economic and social problems they face. This film explores the experiences of some young Palestinians, who tried to reach the “dream” of immigration. This film is the result of cooperation between a team of young refugees, who participated in preparing, shooting and editing this film.
Film crew: Hasan Al-Hasan, Baha Amouri, Rashid Al-Mansi, Hanin Al-Jamal, Niveen Al-Jamal
Camera: baha AMouri, Hasan Al-Hasan, Baha Amouri
Original idea & initial research: Moa’taz Dajani
General coordination & Supervision: Hicham Kayed
Running time: 44 min.
Film
15
Theatre and War (2011)
Synopsis: 14 July 2006
Israel launches a massive attack on Lebanon that causes the displacement of more than one million persons.
During the 33 day-long war, some of the displaced families were relocated to Medina Theatre in Hamra Street in Beirut.
This film shows the transformative ability of the arts and its healing powers.
Directed: Hicham Kayed
Produced: ARCPA/AL-JANA
Running time: 52 min.
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Supported by: Diakonia
Film
15
Janana CD
CD – Children’s Songs
15
Three Quarters (2015)
Synopsis: ‘This work means everything to me now, I am not willing to go back after all these steps.’
Success stories in an era characterized by war and crisis, provide motivation and a drive to move on. Ever since the crisis began in Syria in March 2011, the role of women in the Syrian community, especially in countries of refuge, has witnessed a remarkable change whereby the low level of social, health, and environmental provisions have led women to carry on burdens that they had not carried before… And here she emerges once again driven to rescue her family and rebuild her community.
Directed: Hicham Kayed
Produced: ARCPA/AL-JANA
In cooperation with: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS)
Running time: 52 min.
Language: Arabic with English, French and German subtitles
Film
15
Hakaya Al Rooh
Film
15
24 Personal Films 1 (year)
Synopsis: This series of short films is produced within the activities of “Conflict as a Challenge Project: Enhancing the Capacity of Youth and Children in Constructive Conflict Transformation.”
Workshop led by: Sabine Choucair
Project Coordinator: Hicham Kayed
Produced: ARCPA/AL-JANA
Running time:
Supported by: Auswärtiges Amt (German Foreign Office), ifa & medico international
Film
15
24 Personal Films 2
Film
15
It Wont Be Long
Film
15
Diversity Enriches Us 1
Film
15
Diversity Enriches Us 2
Film
15
Healing From the Inside
Film
15
Friday Art Club
CARDS
5
Away From Home Again
CARDS
5
Cards of AL-JANA
CARDS
5
El-Taj: The Game Of Children’s Right
Game
1
AL-AWDA\ Return Boats
Handcrafted Art
15
Tales of the Soul (2012)
Synopsis: After more than 60 years the Palestinian Folk Tales in exile struggle to exist, side by side with anecdotes of the absurdity of life and the daily legends of the struggle for survival.
Director: Hicham Kayed
Concept: Moa’taz Dajani
Producer: ARCPA/AL-JANA
Running time: 22 min.
Documentary Film
15
“We Exist”: I wish I were a bird (2001)
Young photo-voices from the camps – 50 years after the 1948 uprooting, 30 Palestinian refugee children living in Lebanon, introduce us to their lives in Shatila and Borj al Barajneh camps, how they view their rights, and their moments of hope.
The book is a product of the project “Palestinian refugee children in Lebanon record their lives and express their hopes.”
AL-JANA & Medico International
Book
25