Naila and the Uprising: Film Screening & Discussion
Date(s) - 02/06/2020
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Institute for Middle East Studies at GWU
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a young woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family, and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time. Naila and the Uprising chronicles the remarkable journey of Naila Ayesh and a fierce community of women at the frontlines, whose stories weave through the most vibrant, nonviolent mobilization in Palestinian history – the First Intifada in the late 1980s.
Using evocative animation, intimate interviews, and exclusive archival footage, this film brings out of anonymity the courageous women activists who have remained on the margins of history — until now. While most images of the First Intifada paint an incomplete picture of stone-throwing young men front and center, this film tells the story that history overlooked – of an unbending, nonviolent women’s movement at the head of Palestine’s struggle for freedom.
The film’s Executive Producer, Suhad Babaa is a media strategist, producer, human rights advocate and the Executive Director of Just Vision, an organization that researches, documents and disseminates the stories of Palestinians and Israelis working to end the occupation and build a future of freedom, dignity and equality for all. Suhad leads Just Vision’s journalistic efforts as the Co-Director of the award-winning Hebrew-language news site, Local Call, and executive produced their acclaimed feature-length documentary, Naila and the Uprising (2017). She was also an integral member of the impact campaigns around Just Vision’s critically acclaimed film, Budrus (2009), and Peabody award-winning documentary, My Neighbourhood (2012).