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Closing night film! Film Series : The 18th Annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival

Naila and the Uprising

2018, Julia Bacha, USA/Palestine, 76 min.

Show Times

  • Thu, May 2nd 8:00pm

“A must-see…as inspirational a tale as you’re likely to see.”--Kieran Fisher, Nonfics

“Examining the issue from multiple sides…a beautiful work of art.”--Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail

A feeling account of the lifelong activism of Naila Ayesh, Palestinian resistance leader during the First Intifada in the 1980s, this hybrid documentary unfolds the larger untold story of women’s crucial role. In a career that began with her political awakening as a child, when the Israelis demolished her family home, Ayesh endures repeated arrests, jail time, and targeted harassment as she leads women in grassroots actions that effectively sustain the movement when the male population is decimated by imprisonment and deportation. Director Bacha alternates interviews and archive footage with starkly evocative animation to move this chronicle into an iconic realm in scenes including Ayesh’s arrest, interrogation, and the torture that leads to her miscarriage, a tragic event that brought international attention and rallied Palestinian women to the cause. In Arabic, Hebrew, and English with English subtitles.

Preceded by FROM BENEATH THE EARTH (2017, Sami Alalul, Palestine, 21 min.). Both in DCP digital. (BS)

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