[...] new scholarship and historiography have been challenging that view, making the argument that Palestinian society and cultural life had long been flourishing (as it had been in other Levantine cities under the Ottoman rule before World War I) before being ruptured, destroyed and dispersed after 1948. Yet, in spite of political turmoil over the years, the events of 1948 are still enacted on Palestinian stages, reflecting not only the determination of the Palestinian people to reclaim lost land but also demonstrating how the stage itself continues to endure as a challenge to the Israeli occupying powers and their mighty walls-whether these be made of concrete, or take the shape of checkpoints, air raids, ongoing seizures of land, increased building of settlements, or economical and political embargoes. At the university level, students learn how to write dramatic scripts and usually-depending on the political situation-produce three plays a year; * The company's pioneering efforts in the last decade to adapt the techniques of the famous Brazilian director Augusto Boal (Theatre of the Oppressed and Forum Theatre), which have involved direct training and supervision from colleagues in Rio de Janeiro and Great Britain.
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