‘And Here I Am’ discusses resistance, emigration in Student Affairs rendition
The Deanship of Student Affairs at Birzeit University together with The Freedom Theatre organized a rendition of “And Here I Am,” a play produced by Developing Artists − a UK charity engaged in support of the arts − that explores life under the Israeli occupation in the Jenin Refugee Camp in the West Bank, on Monday, March 18, 2019.
The play follows the real-life story of Ahmed Tobasi who was engaged with the Palestinian armed resistance in the refugee camp and, through a series of tragic events that capture the complexities of Palestinian life under occupation, turned to theater as a mode of resistance.
“And Here I Am” subtly discusses the emigration dilemma and explores the question: under what conditions is it better for a person to leave his country, and when should he stay and resist? Tobasi himself found refuge in Norway, but even from abroad he continues to resist in the best way he knows.