When someone sits, sips, and reflects over a cup of tea there is space to ask questions about one’s relationship to the world: a world that’s filled with dehumanization, war, and destruction; a world that is filled with moments of beauty, love, and humanity.
The space created when someone sits and sips tea is the space that Raed Motar and Aaron Hughes will use to lead a discussion that meanders through memories, stories, traumas, questions, and jokes related to, and completely unrelated to, the war in Iraq.
Initiated in 2009 by Aaron Hughes, TEA is an ongoing dialogue that traverses a variety of landscapes, from the tea sipped on at Ashkal Alwan, to a quaint coffee shop in Iraq, to a cage in Guantanamo Bay, to a motor pool in Iraq; tea is not only a favored drink but a shared moment that transcends cultural divides and systems of oppression. And that is not meant as a clichéd utopian statement, but as a reminder of a shared humanity that is so often overlooked.
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