Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January 20 screening of Where Should The Birds Fly at the UN

We invite you to attend a screening hosted by the United Nations of Fida Qishta’s powerful film Where Should The Birds Fly on January 20, 2014 at 2pm.

January 18 marks the fifth anniversary of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead attack on Gaza, which is documented in the film.

The screening will be followed by a conversation with Ms. Qishta and journalist Leila El-Haddad, the author of Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting and Everything In Between and co-author of The Gaza Kitchen: a Palestinian Culinary Journey.

Please RSVP to We must provide the UN with the names of those who will be attending the screening and discussion. When you RSVP we will respond with the room information and the information you will need to gain access to the UN building.

We look forward to sharing this remarkable film with you.


Felice Gelman
Brian Drolet
Barbara Grill
(Executive Producers)

WHERE SHOULD THE BIRDS FLY is the first film about Gaza made by Palestinians living the reality of Israel’s siege and blockade of this tiny enclave. It is the story of two young women, survivors of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead. Mona Samouni, now 12 years old and the filmmaker, Fida Qishta, now 27, represent the spirit and future of Palestinians. The film is a visual documentation of the Goldstone Report. But it is so much more. It reveals the strength and hope, the humanity and humor that flourishes among the people of Gaza. Few films document so powerfully and personally the impact of modern warfare and sanctions on a civilian population.

FIDA QISHTA is a Palestinian filmmaker/videographer who was born in Rafah, Gaza. She began her video work as a wedding photographer in the Gaza Strip, and then began accompanying human rights observers in Gaza, documenting their work. Her reporting, photography, and video journalism has appeared in the UK Guardian, the Observer, and the International Herald Tribune. Fida is also a qualified teacher and, in 2004, co-founded with her sister Faten, The Lifemakers Center, an after school and tutoring program which serves several hundred children in Rafah.

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