Screening & Discussion: Where Should the Birds Fly by Fida Qishta and Changing My Mind About Palestine by Nora Malone

Thu, December 9, 2010 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Post-Screening Discuission of Works in Progess with Directors Nora Malone and Fida Qishta

Nora Malone received her MFA, Film and Media Arts, from Temple University in 2003. There she produced a body of 16mm experimental film work supported by grants from Temple University, Philadelphia Independent Film and Videomakers Association, and WYBE TV Philadelphia. Her thesis film, Dreams of Jagodina, participated in IFP New York’s Project involve, and was distributed by Women Make Movies, Inc. Currently based in New York, she’s completing her first feature documentary, Changing My Mind About Palestine, which juxtaposes American media coverage with events as seen through her camera lens during six months living in the West Bank.

Changing My Mind About Palestine

An American woman takes a road trip through the West Bank that challenges her internalized stereotypes and perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian “conflict.” By chance she meets Riayd Al-Ali, nephew of Naji Al-Ali, assassinated political cartoonist and “Handala” author, in a Ramallah cafe. The window into his life in Ramallah, and family history of dispossession, begins to erode her Christian Zionist narrative of the Holy Land. As Riayd reveals his family story, American news coverage and events as seen through her camera lens are juxtaposed. The result is two stories that are chronologically parallel but completely different.

For more information about the film and to see the trailer, click here

Fida Qishta is Palestinian Director/Filmmaker/Journalist, who has been working on news stories and documentaries in the Gaza Strip since 2006. She has written articles for the U.K. Observer and Guardian newspapers and Al Jazeera among other media outlets. She founded and managed The Life-Maker's Centre in Gaza that attended to 300 children who have been affected by war.

Where Should the Birds Fly?

In December of 2008 Israel launched a devastating attack on Gaza. A month of bullets, bombs, rockets white phosphorus, tanks and bulldozers left 1400, mostly civilians, dead and this section of Occupied Palestine in rubble. But this is not a story of misery amongst the rubble. It is the compelling and moving story of two remarkable young women, the future of Palestine, who personify the struggle to maintain humanity, humor and hope, to find some degree of normality in the brutal abnormality that has been imposed on them. Mona is an 11 yr old girl of remarkable wisdom. Her family died under Israeli rockets.

For more information about the film, click here.

Last updated: 2010-11-27 03:01:25

Changing My Mind About Palestine
Changing My Mind About Palestine
Where Should the Birds Fly
Where Should the Birds Fly

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