Simon J, NPEC + BDS/Palestine Solidarity
Naila and the Uprising was produced by Just Vision, a production company that has also produced several other educational films about Palestine. The DSA BDS & Palestine Solidarity Working Group launched a film screening for Naila and the Uprising in commemoration of the First Intifada’s 34th anniversary on December 8, 2021, and will continue to bring screenings to DSA chapters and other interested organizations until December 31, 2022. In addition to Palestine-specific political education, these events are a great way to demonstrate historical examples of community-led direct action and reach an audience that may not be reached by summer schools or seminars, but through media consumption and discussion. Read more at this one-pager or contact [email protected]. You can watch the trailer here.
Synopsis of Naila and the Uprising: 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 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. 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.