Filmfest DC - Nalia and the Uprising

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Filmfest DC - Nalia and the Uprising

Sunday, April 22 at Landmark’s E Street Cinema

Naila and the Uprising

Julia Bacha

Palestine, 2017, 76 minutes

It has been thirty years since the First Intifada, the Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. In 1988, Naila Ayesh was a young mother who had already survived a brutal imprisonment and who was forced to make a choice between joining her exiled activist husband in Egypt or continuing her organizing in Gaza. She chose to stay and fight—not with weapons but through a clandestine network of women like her who sustained the years-long state of civil disobedience through education, commerce, medical care, and political activity. In this first telling of their story, “one can get a quick glimpse of utopia . . . if women ruled the world,” as critic Deborah Young writes in the Hollywood Reporter. The Oslo deal secretly made by Yassir Arafat stripped the women of their leadership roles, and the moment passed, but in interviews with women—many of them still actively political—in archival footage, and in deeply moving animated sequences, an amazing story of Palestinian women’s potential unfolds. Their story’s not over yet.—Judy Bloch

In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles

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Filmfest DC - Nalia and the Uprising
Sunday, April 22, 2018
3:00 PM
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Landmark's E Street Cinema  
555 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20004