Monodrama by Palestinian returnee

We continue our series on the Nakba, the name given to the dispossession of Palestinians that began even before 1948 and continues today. Bayan Shbib, who returned to Israel/Palestine from Syria in 1993 after the Oslo Accords, is now an acclaimed theater actress and playwright at the Ashtar Theater in Ramallah.  Her monodrama, Ventolin of Return, expresses her anguish over the continuing effects of the Nakba – both physiological and emotional – for all Palestinians – and its relevance to her own struggles with asthma. She reads now the concluding scenes from the play, taking on both her own voice and the voice of her therapist.  

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