Prisoners of the Occupation
Palestinian political prisoners are the most hidden victims of the Israeli occupation. Camera recordings of any part of the prisons are subject to strict approval and some sections have never been publicly documented.
In this play, writer and director Einat Weizman enter to this dark spot of the Israeli occupation and provides a precise, clinical, description of the process of incarceration as narrated by current and former prisoners.
The play is the result of a long research process, of interviewing and hearing testimonies from prisoners and ex-prisoners, actively involved at every stage of the creation – from writing to dramaturgy and mis-en-scene.
The prison experiences that are uncovered include interrogations, hunger strikes, solitary confinement and family visits, as well as diving into the prisoner consciousness.
The play reveals a hard and brutal reality, but also an account of human endurance and solidarity.
- Written and Directed by | Einat Weizman and Political Prisoners
- Actors | Kamel Basha, Jalal Masarua, Rabea Khoury, Byan Anteer, Einat Weizman
- Translation | Dareen Tatour
- Dramaturgy | Nitzan Cohen
- Artistic advisor | Avi Gibson Bar El
- Stage Design | Salim Shahadah
- Lighting Design | Eyal Daniel
- Assistant Director | Roni Felsen
- Photo | David Kaplan
- Poster Design | Emi Sfard
I, Dareen T.
“I, Dareen T.” Is a solo documentary theatre work based on the story of Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour, who was convicted by the Israeli authorities for “incitement to violence” over a poem and two posts she published on Facebook. She held a long legal battle (during which she was under house arrest) to prove that her poem and posts constituted a legitimate protest against the crimes of the Israeli occupation. In May 2018 she was convicted sentenced to 5 month in prison.
Einat Weizman, an Israeli Jewish theatre creator, actor and activist, met Dareen during her struggle and accompanied her.
The encounter between the two created a special friendship that gave birth to the play based on the memoir Dareen wrote during the house arrest, on Dareens’ poems and thoughts combined with Einat’s texts. Einat is facing the silencing and theatre censorship of her works which attempts to bring the Palestinian narrative to the stage.
The creator, who gives her body and voice to the poet to speak through her, uses her body as a channel for the testimony of Dareen, a testimony that exposes a double-oppressive narrative: the Israeli control over the Palestinian people, and the female oppression within a patriarchal society Dareen is part of.
The narrative of Dareen and that of Einat merge and the boundaries between them become blurred. The work uses minimalistic performance means to expose a suppressed reality and gradually emerges as an act of liberation, from the chains of oppression, through feminine sisterhood.
Born in April 1982, Dareen Tatour is a Palestinian poet, photographer, and social media activist from Reineh, Israel, who writes in Arabic, her mother tongue. Following the publication of a poem on social media, she was tried and convicted in 2018 in an Israeli court for “inciting violence” and “supporting a terrorist organisation” and was sentenced to 5 months imprisonment. She was released in September, 2018.
Dareen has published her work on Facebook, and YouTube.
Nitzan Cohen is a tel Avv based playwright, director and performer.
From 2017 Cohen is Co Artistic Director and Dramaturg of Tmuna theatre. He is also the Curator of A-Genre Festival for Performance and the Tmuna International Festival.
Among his works as playwright and director are – I, Dareen T.; Regarding the Bird (Best Playwright of the Year Award, 2015); Scared to Death; Diary of a Madman; Private Collection; Footage; Hot in Tiberius; Get a Life (Best Playwright of the Year Award, 2005); Wordplay (Best Director award 1999).
As a dramaturg Nitzan has an active part in many productions presented in Tmuna Theatre and Festivals at Tmuna Theatre.
Along the years Nitzan also wrote for TV series and today he teaches screenwriting in various frameworks.
- Created by | Einat Weizman
- directed by | Nitzan Cohen
- Written by | Dareen Tatour and Einat Weizman
- Video | Nimrod Zin
- Music | Tamer Nafar and Itamar Zigler
- Set Design | Tal Arbiv
- Light design | Nadav Barnea
Actor, director, playwright and political activist Einat Weizman is based in Tel Aviv. All her plays, performances and events are around documentary theater that is used as an investigative tool inside of the hidden spots of the Israeli apartheid.
Among her works: Prisoners of the occupation (2018), House 113: A Lesson in Political Construction (2017), Palestine, Year Zero (2016), Prison Notebooks (2016), Shame (2015)