Naila and the Uprising


March 08, 2018
6:30 PM /
Opening Night - Screening followed by discussion with filmmaker Julia Bacha and film subject Naila Ayesh Moderated by Rothna Begum, Researcher, Women's Rights division, HRW
QA Session with the FilmmakerReception
June 16, 2018
7:00 PM /
New York
Discussion with filmmaker Julia Bacha, executive producers Suhad Babaa and Abigail Disney Moderated by Liesl Gerntholtz, Executive Director, Women's Rights division. ** Please note: Additional tickets may be made available to standby line.
QA Session with the Filmmaker
September 26, 2018
6:15 PM /
Los Angeles
6:15pm Doors Open | Pre-Reception with Food & Drinks 7:00pm: Movie Starts Followed by Q&A with Director Julia Bacha and HRW’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Division Eric Goldstein 8:45pm: Desert Reception
QA Session with the FilmmakerReception

"We can’t be free as women unless we’re in a free country. And even if we are free of the occupation, we can’t know freedom as long as we are subjugated in our own society." - Sama Aweidah, film subject, Naila and the Uprising

When an uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in 1987, a young woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family, and freedom. Naila and the Uprising chronicles the remarkable real-life journey of Naila Ayesh, a key figure in the First Intifada, which forced the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time. Using evocative animation, intimate interviews, and exclusive archival footage, this film tells the story the mainstream media missed: of a courageous clandestine women’s movement at the head of Palestinians’ struggle for freedom, bringing out of anonymity the courageous women activists whose contributions and sacrifices changed history, but whose stories have remained untold until now.


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Julia Bacha
Arabic, English, Hebrew, French