FILM SCREENING – “WHERE SHOULD THE BIRDS FLY” Sept. 25 at 6:30 PM
Meet the Filmmaker - Fida Qishta
WHERE SHOULD THE BIRDS FLY? - REPRISE
Tuesday, October 21
Reception with appetizers, 5:00-6:30pm
Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren
2810 Beacon Street
We'll have the filmmaker, Fida Qishta, with us from Gaza to tell her story and engage with us. Join us on Tuesday, October 21 (Reception with appetizers - 5:00-6:30pm, Program begins at 6:30pm), at Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren, for a wonderful evening. Even for those of you who already saw the film a couple of weeks ago, come again and invite a friend to come with you.
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 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, born and raised in Rafah, Gaza, began her filmmaking career as a wedding videographer, and soon moved on to working with international human rights observers in Gaza, documenting day to day life under siege. Her commentary on the siege was published in The International Herald Tribune. Her video reports of Operation Cast Lead were published widely including in the UK newspaper The Guardian and in their weekly news magazine, The Observer. Fida founded The Life-Maker's Centre, Rafah, Gaza. She was the manager and a teacher at this free facility for 300 children affected by war. The center continues to provide a safe place to play and offers counseling and English language tutoring.