Naila and the Uprising
Release DateMonday, September 10, 2018
Run Time1 hr 16 min
Synopsishe film revolves around the tragic and remarkable story of Naila Ayesh, an active student organizer in Gaza in the 1980s. When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Naila 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. While the First Intifada provides the backdrop for Naila and the Uprising, its lessons transcend that particular time and place. Through the experience of countless women engaged at all levels of society, we learn what is possible when women take the lead in struggles for rights and justice -- from a movements inception to peace talks -- and what we lose when they are stripped of their roles. In Naila and the Uprising we see how women-led civil resistance can stir the masses, put pressure on power-holders, and affect real structural change.