My Gaza: A City in Photographs by Jehad al-Saftawi, with Raed Jarrar
Date(s) - 11/19/2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lost City Books
About this Event
Join us on our Facebook Livestream with our guest, Gazan journalist Jehad al-Saftawi, as we discuss and view his new release My Gaza: A City in Photographs with our guest, DC-area blogger and political advocate Raed Jarrar.
My Gaza: A City in Photographs offers a startling perspective on contemporary Gaza. Photographer Jehad al-Saftawi documents his life there up until his escape in 2016. Al Saftawi’s eye is drawn to moments of humanity and tenderness that redefine this place, beyond propaganda, beyond prevailing narratives. Through vivid images and captions, al-Saftawi exposes a place that cannot withstand further escalation. A gun to the head. An interrogation. A family in strife. Urgent and resolute, My Gaza is the first book of its kind: photos of present-day Gaza by a Gazan journalist.
Jehad al-Saftawi is a documentary journalist, photographer, and videographer dedicated to social justice and human rights storytelling. His work has been featured in Reuters, AJ+, BuzzFeed, Mic, Al Jazeera, the Huffington Post, and elsewhere. He arrived in the US from Gaza in 2016 and is currently seeking asylum. He is internationally recognized for setting up one of the few live streams documenting the 2014 Israeli offensive on Gaza.
Raed Jarrar is a Palestinian-American architect, blogger, and political advocate based in Washington, DC. Since his immigration to the U.S. in 2005, he has worked as a lobbyist on political issues pertaining to Palestine and the U.S. engagement in the Arab and Muslim worlds. Widely recognized as an expert on political, social, and economic developments in the Middle East, he has testified in numerous Congressional hearings and briefings, led national advocacy days in Washington, DC, and is a frequent guest on national and international media outlets in both Arabic and English.
My Gaza: A City in Photographs will be available at Lost City Books!