When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, 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 aims at world recognition of the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time. Naila and the Uprising chronicles the remarkable journey of Naila 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. 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. While most images of the First Intifada paint an incomplete picture of stone-throwing young men front and center, this film tells the story that history overlooked—of an unbending, nonviolent women’s movement at the head of Palestine’s struggle.
Naila and the Uprising
United States/Palestine 2018 – DCP – 76 minutes
In English, and in Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Julia Bacha
Producers: Rula Salameh, Rebekah Wingert
Cast: Naila Ayesh, Zahira Kamal, Naima Al-Sheikh, Azza Al-Khafarneh, Roni Ben Efrat
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