Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

Naila and the Uprising


Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 76 minutes

Naila and the Uprising
Naila and the Uprising
Naila and the Uprising

When the First Palestinian Intifada broke out against the Israeli occupation in the late 1980s, Naila Ayesh was living in Gaza, in the heart of the conflict. Amidst the violence and unrest that shook the region, Naila played a significant role in a nonviolent resistance movement, created by an expansive network of Palestinian women. While many Palestinian men were being arrested and deported during the uprising, women were granted the opportunity to rise to positions of leadership. NAILA AND THE UPRISING is a personal portrait of one of these incredible female demonstrators and her fight for freedom, equality, and peace. Through a collaborative effort, the female-led resistance would result in a series of peaceful protests, an organized boycott of Israeli goods, and the eventual negotiation of peace talks. Told through thoughtful interviews, delicate animations, and dramatic found footage, this film breathes life into a hidden part of history and affirms the spirit of the movement is alive and well. (In Arabic with subtitles) —G.S.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 11:20 AM

Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 3:10 PM

Race Relations
Voices of the Arab World
Women of the World

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


Julia Bacha

Julia Bacha was born in 1980 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2003 she graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University. Bacha has strategically used film to highlight under-documented stories from the Middle East. She has received many nominations and awards, including a Peabody Award. Much of her work has been broadcast on the BBC, HBO, Al Jazeera, and Al Arabiya.

Budrus (2009), NAILA AND THE UPRISING (2017)

Rula Salameh, Rebekah Wingert-Jabi

Talal Jabari

Flavia de Souza, Rebekah Wingert-Jabi

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