Naila and the Uprising


Naila and the Uprising

Sunday, October 21, 2:00 p.m.

The Little Theatre

Director: Julia Bacha
Run time 77 min.

Style: documentary
Year: 2017

Language: Arabic, Hebrew, French with subtitles; English

The film revolves around the tragic and remarkable story of Naila Ayesh, an active student organizer in Gaza in the 1980s.

When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Naila 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 and a fierce community of women at the frontlines, whose stories weave through the most vibrant, nonviolent mobilization in Palestinian history – the First Intifada in the late 1980s.

While the First Intifada provides the backdrop for Naila and the Uprising, its lessons transcend that particular time and place. Through the experience of countless women engaged at all levels of society, we learn what is possible when women take the lead in struggles for rights and justice -- from a movement’s inception to peace talks -- and what we lose when they are stripped of their roles. In Naila and the Uprising we see how women-led civil resistance can stir the masses, put pressure on power-holders, and affect real structural change.

This film will be preceded by the four-minute short, I Was Living Here, written and performed by the band, The Mighty High and Dry. Then, after the panel discussion of Naila and the Uprising in the theatre, the band will perform a one-hour set in The Little Theatre Café, starting at 4:30 pm.