All 48 participants of the 5th annual Freedom Ride arrived in Jenin safely. Gathered at Cinema Jenin, they received a warm welcome from Freedom Ride coordinators, followed by a descriptive introduction to The Freedom Theatre and cultural resistance from Artistic Director Nabil Al-Raee. Ben Rivers, renowned theatre practitioner, gave his insights into the local context and purpose of Playback Theatre and the Freedom Bus.
Sitting around tables in the Cinema Jenin Guesthouse, participants shared a meal and introduced themselves, nurtured new relationships and rekindled old ones. Many months of preparation and a long day of travel have come to fruition as this year’s Freedom Ride makes its way across the occupied West Bank.