“Palestinian Tales ” is a journey.
A journey made of travels and traveling tales. The travelers and storytellers of such journeys are pilgrims, religious travelers, authorities of occupying countries and empires, iplomats, explorers, tourists and development workers. A land with different names: in fact, depending on the observer, has been named in many different ways, Palestine, Israel, al-Shâm, Occupied Territories, the Holy Land and the Promised Land by various travelers. Also Palestinian people will recount their journey, which is a continuous journey across their own and –the land they love and that has often been terribly transformed, disfigured and tormented. On the trail of their history, they desire to show, after centuries of identity surpation, the richness of their culture, the complexity of their history, the greatness of their heroes and, above all, of their Masters. This story is for themselves and for their children, but also for foreign people, in order to understand and to be understood; for those people who manipulated, used and misused these issues, without any awareness and sensitivity towards this (more or less rooted) indigenous people of migrations. Several different methodologies and styles will help us in the process of understanding and catching the nuances and complexities of the matter: the language of different mediums and of the information provided that is often screamed and shallow, theatre and cinema, the exhibition and the documentary, literature and music, poetry and dances. A single language would not suffice to describe a land which is characterized by thousands of stories, some of which are rooted in ancient history, others are the product of the recent orientalism, and its several and new different forms and expressions, and which are often erroneously presented as traditions or true facts by the contemporary and artificial collective imagination, besides the lack of any possible proof. For these reasons, the journey proposed begins with the tales of the West, a Christian West that has invaded without any care for the local geopolitical scenario, and has imposed, since the Roman domination, its landscapes, either urban or human, religious or working, starting with the colonialism and the relevant manipulations, but without being able to fully annihilate the existing local culture. It is in fact really interesting to understand how the Palestinians have managed to preserve their ancient, deep and charming culture, and how they continue to communicate through the arts and their artists, their considerations and updates, besides the ongoing threat of annihilation and destruction of their work. And yet, they are always ready to start from the beginning.