Where Should the Birds Fly

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Where Should the Birds Fly

Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening

Duration: 

58mins

Rating: 

Not Rated

About the Film:

We see life in Gaza through the eyes of two young women, Mona Samouni, and the filmmaker, Fida Qishta. Qishta returns to Gaza in 2006, following a ‘nightmare’ three-week wait at the Rafah border crossing. She reports on the daily reality for Gaza residents, which includes home demolitions, Israeli snipers shooting at farmers, and Israeli gunboats challenging fishermen. We learn of Israel’s use of white phosphorus bombs and the injuries caused. Mona Samouni’s story is particularly powerful. She’s a 10-year-old from Zeiton, near Gaza City, where multiple members of her family were killed during Israel’s Cast Lead operation, including her father and mother. Somouni’s story is not for the faint of heart. There are significant images of wounded and dead adults and children. The title references a quote from Palestinian poet and author Mahmoud Darwish (1942-2008), “Where should we go after the last frontiers? Where should the birds fly after the last sky?”

Panel discussion: immediately follows the screening
Director: Fida Qishta
Style: documentary
Year released: 2012
Language: English narration; Arabic with subtitles