The Institute of Ars Vivendi of Ritsumeikan University is pleased to announce that Jihan Kikhia, film director, artist and human rights defender, has joined the Institute as a visiting researcher.
Jihan Kikhia is half-Syrian, half-Libyan. She received her BA in International and Comparative Politics with a concentration in Human Rights, Philosophy, and International Law at the American University of Paris. She obtained her MA at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a focus on art education and storytelling. In 2012, her article “Libya, My father, and I” was published in Kalimat Magazine: Arab Thought and Culture. Jihan is committed to discovering the different ways in which the creative process can be used as a vehicle for freedom and empowerment.
Jihan Kikhia currently works on “Searching for Kikhia” a documentary film about her father, Mansur Rashid Kikhia, Libyan diplomat, who proposed the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981) at the UN General Assembly in 1976 and when in exile in Paris, was abducted in Cairo in 1993. His body was found in a freezer in 2012 after the collapse of the Qadhafi regime. He was honored by the state funeral in Benghazi in the same year. We look forward to the completion of her film and to her visit to Kyoto.
Jihan Kikhia’s web site: https://jihanart.com/
Bisan Toron’s web site: https://www.bisantoron.com/ (Bisan Toron, sister of Jihan Kikhia, dedicates a beautiful song, “Nineteen-year Roses” to Mansur Rashid Kikhia. “Nineteen-year” refers to the time between the abduction and his “return”.)
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