Directors: Julia Bacha

  • COUNTRY : United States, Palestine


Naila and the Uprising revolves around the tragic and remarkable story of an active student organizer in Gaza in the 1980s. When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in 1987, Naila Ayesh 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. This militant documentary from Julia Bacha is by turns startling and dismaying as it traces the central role Palestinian women played in the First Intifada of the late 1980s. Integrating animated scenes with interviews and archive footage, the film paints an indelible picture of how, with many men deported or arrested, women stepped into the arena of political and social organizing, only to be told their role was over when Yasser Arafat returned from exile to form the Palestinian Authority in 1994 with a crew of all-male leaders.The result is an evocative portrait of the courageous women who shook the Israeli occupation and put Palestinian issues on the map for the first time. It is a story that history overlooked & one of an unbending nonviolent women's movement at the head of Palestine's struggle for freedom.

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