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Opening Night: Naila and the Uprising

September 20
Starting at 7:00 PM

75 mins
Julia Bacha
2017 - Palestine, USA

Canadian Premiere

Screening with: Bonboné

When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, 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 whose story weaves 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. This film tells the story that history overlooked – of an unbending, nonviolent women’s movement at the head of Palestine’s struggle for freedom. 

Q&A to follow with director Julia Bacha and Naila Ayesh


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