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Arabic to English: Nizar Kabbani's forbidden poem Thakafatona(our education) General field: Art/Literary Detailed field: Poetry & Literature
Source text - Arabic
"رواسب من " أبي جهل
نعيش بمنطق المفتاح والقفل
نلف نساءنا بالقطن
ندفنهن في الرمل
كالأبقار في الحقل&n bsp;
ونهذا من قوارير
بلا دين ولا عقل
ونرجع أخر الليل
نمارس حقنا الزوجي كالثيران والخيل
نمارسه خلال دقائق خمسه
بلا شوق ... ولا ذوق
نمارسه .. كالات
تؤدي الفعل للفعل
ونرقد بعدها موتى
ونتركهن وسط النار
وسط الطين والوحل
قتيلات بلا قتل ;
بنصف الدرب نتركهن
يا لفظاظة الخيل
قضينا العمر في المخدع
وجيش حريمنا معنا
وصك زواجنا معنا
وقلنا : الله قد شرع
على زوجاتنا الأربع
كأن الدين حانوت
فتحناه لكي نشبع
تمتعنا " بما أيماننا ملكت "
وعشنا من غرائزنا بمستنقع
وزورنا كلام الله
بالشكل الذي ينفع
ولم نخجل بما نصنع
عبثنا في قداسته
نسينا نبل غايته
ولم نأخذ سوى
Translation - English Legendary Syrian poet Nizar Kabbani’s forbidden poem.
Our education is soap ,bubbles and mud
There is still inside us
Left overs, from the father of ignorance.
And we still are
Living by th logic of the key and the lock.
We wrap our women with cotton
We burry them in sand
And we own them like carpets
Like cows in the field.
…And we get high on bottles
Without religion or mind.
…and we come back at the end of the night
Practicing our marital rights like oxen and horses
We practice it in five minutes
Without foreplay… without taste…without longing.
We practice it like machines
Performing a deed by the deed
And we lie after that dead
And we leave them in the midst of fire
In the midst of mud and clay
Dead without killing.
In t he middle of the road we leave them
How rude are horses?!
We Spent our lives in trickery
And the army of our crime with us
And our marriage certificate with us
And we said: God made it law!
Our night we divided among four wives.
Here a lip
Here a leg
Here a nail
Here a finger
Religion was a shop
That we opened to satisfy us
We enjoyed “ with what our faith owned”.
And we lived with our instincts in a swamp
And we faked God’s words
In the shape that benefits us.
And we weren’t shy with what we did
We played with its holiness
We forgot the nobleness of religion’s goal
We did not remember
Except the bed
We did not take except
Our four wives.
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• 32 years experience in writing, producing, directing and playing leading parts in film TV and theater projects.
• Fluent in Arabic, French, Spanish and English.
Lyricist/playwright of new musical in the style of the
Gilbert and Sullivan works. 2003
Oct 2000 See How They Run The man Directed by : Kathy Mcphearson
Aug 2000 Titus Andronicus Roman citizen, Tribune,
Hilo Community Players Hilo, HI.
Directed By Cathy McPhearson.
Sep - Dec 1994 The Tiger turned pink (children’s
theater) Hunter, written, produced and directed by Angela Randazo
Jun - Sep 1994 Night in Casablanca Ugarte, Port Royal
Long Beach CA Directed by Baron Mosely.
Mar – Jul 1993 Oasis in Manhattan Khalifa (Understudy)
the Venture theater Burbank CA Directed by and
starring the late Vic Tayback.
Nov 1986 - Aug 1992 a small obscure
theater company that no longer exists. “The Royal
Hollywood Shakespeare Company”, produced and directed
and staring Sir Gregory Lansing, playing the
Richard III Act 1 Scene 1, oration to his army, the
Hamlet to be or not to be…and Ghost
Henry V Chorus
Julius Caesar Soothsayer, Casca,
Decius, Mettelus Cimber, Lucius, Cinna the poet.
Macbeth Act 1 scene 1, 3 Witches, and the dagger
Othello Act 1 Scene 1 Iago Caligula Tribune,
Mar 0985 - Aug 1986 the Magnolia Playhouse North
Hollywood CA Produced, written and directed by Steve
Hostages in the terrorist zone, (musical) Ahmed the
Other small supporting roles
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Director student projects. Student Tv talk show guest.
Currently developing a TV sit com pilot.
Screenwriting: Agent at Large. Code named Blue Cedar, Deep Cover.
Playwrighting: Lyricist/playwright of new musical in the style of the Gilbert and Sullivan works.
Other writing experience : 2004 Two books of poetry.
Short films: 2005 Break My Shackles. De Anza College final project, writer producer director, editor.
• 2005 Lead role in a 2004 16mm student film at the art
institute downtown Chicago.
• 1990 "The Thespian" super 8 synchronized sound 35 minute film.
Miss Philippines LA 1993 Judge, Miss Philippines Honolulu HI ward robe assistant.
Volunteer receptionist and announcer at a small radio station in Hilo HI.
English as a second language private instruction. Arabic, theater arts.
1994 Night in Casablanca as Ugarte, Port Royal
productions Long Beach CA Directed by Baron Mosely.
• 1985 – 1994 movie extra.
Jan 7 97 Represented the USA as well as Lebanon as a guest artist at the annual celebration of the international theater institute at the home of the Cypriot minister of culture in Nicosia, Cyprus. Performances included Shakespearean pieces as well as Lebanese, Syrian, and Egyptian songs.
-Currently on call to sing the US national anthem at baseball games and other sporting events.
-1990-1995 Sang the US and the Lebanese national anthem at events in Lebanon, Cyprus, and Mexico.
-1980-1998 Extensive experience with college choirs singing tenor and base parts.
-2009 Currently working on producing a show presenting a repertoire of Classical and folk (baladi) Arabic music, including Egyptian songs from the 40s 50s and 60s, Syrian songs from the 20s, and Lebanese songs from the 60s and 70s.The show will also include American show tunes and Jazz( Frank Sinatra , Sammy Davis JR etc…)
02/2009 to present : Audited a Middle East Music Class from Febrary 2009 to june 25th 2009 and reahearsed all semester ending with the final grand performance at The Butler School Of Music auditorium and performed as a member of the ensemble, singing and playing the daff.
2007-8 Santa Barbara City College , Television and film production.
2002-2004 De Anza College Cupertino, CA, Classical acting, Digital Film Making, Screenwriting class, acting for the camera class.
1994 American college of Business Studio City CA. Hotel and Restaurant management Certificate.
1983: US Air Force Chanute Air Force Base IL. Maintenance Management Scheduling Certificate
1977 San Gabriel High School. San Gabriel CA Diploma.
1975 Evangelical School Zahle Bekaa Lebanon , English and Arabic Literature Major
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