Tales from the Middle East

short film screenings and community dialogues

Come have a cup of tea, watch film clips, and learn about personal storytelling.

Documentary filmmakers share how personal stories can create a deeper understanding of individuals, families, and communities from Iran, Israel, Palestine, Armenia, Turkey, and the U.S.


Followed by a community dialogue and a demonstration of an interactive storytelling tool.


Free event, RSVPs required, space is limited.

Light refreshments provided.

Michal Aviad

is a writer, director, and producer of award-winning films. Her films have screened at more than 30 festivals, including Sundance, the Berlin Film Festival, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, and many others. She is a feminist activist who has struggled alongside fellow Palestinian activists.

She is a faculty member at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film and Television.

Her films include Dimona Twist (2016), Invisible (2011), For My Children (2002), and The Woman Next Door (1992), among others.




Sabereh photo

Sabereh Kashi

is an editor, director, and producer who has worked for Academy Award nominee Justine Shapiro on Our Summer in Tehran (2011) and for Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami on Sonita (2015), winner of a World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

She is currently a FilmHouse resident and a former Citizenship Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Her current documentary film in progress Home Yet Far Away is about her personal journeys between Iran and America over five years.




Itir Yakar

is a civil rights lawyer and LGBTQ rights advocate. She is passionate about racial justice, criminal justice reform, and disability rights. She combines her passion for social justice with her filmmaking.

She previously worked as a journalist, staff writer-California Supreme Court reporter for the San Francisco Daily Journal, and a lecturer at KoƧ University in Istanbul.

Her documentary film in progress, Together, We Carry the Burden, features a dialogue group with Armenians and Turks she belongs to.





Free event, RSVPs required. Space is limited.

two women

Tales from the Middle East

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 3-5p

Islamic Cultural Center

1433 Madison St., Oakland


No seats are available.

two women

Tales from the Middle East

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 6-8p

Kehilla Synagogue

1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont

(This is a scent-free location.)


No seats are available.