Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Portrait of Syria opens


New York- After its successful debut at New York's prestigious Lincoln Center (from May 5th-18th 2006), international arts nonprofit ArteEast announced today the the launch of the second station of its North American tour of "Lens on Syrian Cinema: Thirty Years of Contemporary Cinema", at the Gene Siskel Film Center, in Chicago, from June 2nd to 28th, 2006.

The program, titled, "New Stories and Ancient Dreams: The Way to Syrian Cinema," includes four masterworks of Syrian cinema.The series is planned to continue touring at the following institutions: The Canadian Film Institute in Ottawa; The Pacific Cinematheque in Vancouver; The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; The Pacific Film Archives in Berkley, The San Francisco Arab Film Festival) and The Northwest Film Center in Portland, Oregon.

A complete tour schedule is available at

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER o 164 N. State St. o Chicago, IL

TICKETS: $9 general admission o $7 students o $5 Film Center members.

INFORMATION: 312-846-2800 o

DISCOUNTED PARKING: InterPark at 20 E. Randolph, $14 with movie ticket stub, no time limit!ABOUT ARTEEAST

ArteEast is a New York-based international nonprofit organization that supports artists from the Middle East and its diasporas, raising awareness of their most talented and groundbreaking work through public events, exhibits, a dynamic online gallery and a resource-rich website.Since its founding in 2003, ArteEast has brought over 200 feature, short and documentary films; the works of over 40 new visual artists; and 40 filmmakers, artists, actors and critics to the US to discuss their work. ArteEast programs have traveled to a dozen cities in the US and Canada, and are now expanding beyond North America.Visit the ArteEast website at to learn about our ongoing events, read up on the latest news from the art scene in the Middle East, and access our virtual gallery.MEDIA CONTACTRasha Salti, ArteEast. Mobile: +1 347 448 12 91.


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