Jinan is a free spirited, unusual young girl. She is financially independent since she owns a sackful of gold pieces. She is both cheeky and kind, she can carry a horse and she can outlift the strongest man in the world. Where did Jinan come from?
Jinan is based on the world famous Swedish children’s book Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren. Jinan is a young Palestinian girl, a feminist, an optimist and a free thinker – the Pippi Longstocking character has encouraged countless girls to believe in themselves, both in Sweden and abroad and has inspired the creation of Jinan.
In a world of expectations, rules responsibilities, Jinan – with wit and charm – represents freedom, originality and the unexpected. Jinan is the opposite of the conventional ideal image of a girl in Palestinian/Arab society. She takes traditional gender roles and throws them out the window.
The characters present a reality in Palestinian/Arab society, one that challenges the status quo. It is a subtle, humorous, comical and highly entertaining production that manages to tackle issues such as the position of girls and women in the community, while simultaneously questioning many of the social restrictions that limit the roles available to both women and men.
“He’s the strongest man in the world.”
“Man, yes,” said Jinan, “but I am the strongest GIRL in the world, remember that.” Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren.
A nice show, easy to follow and it was very funny. We loved it – a really cool character to bring to a stage in Palestine. Strong and resilient, just like the Palestinians.” Audience feedback in Jenin
The show was very energetic, great to watch and good fun. It gives perspective to how Pippi comes across to audiences here in Palestine.” Audience feedback in Jenin
At the moment there is much unrest and demonstrations in Jenin, and the political situation is tough. It puts the theatre’s attention at its head. Jinan, Pippi Longstocking in Jenin, proves the theatre’s ability to be a collective and creative force in the most impossible situations. Not least for the children and young people who will be adults tomorrow. I am both deeply moved and impressed by the work of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin.” Frida Röhl, Artistic Director, Folkeatern Gothenberg, Sweden.
Jinan was funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) as a part of the Palestinian Performing Arts Network (PPAN) and in cooperation with the Folkteatern in Gothenburg.