As the anniversary of the massacre in Gaza last summer is upon us we ask that you remember the people of Palestine, their struggle and their losses. Your support and solidarity is just as important today as it was last year.
Slough PSC are hosting an evening of remembrance and will be showing the brilliant film ‘Where Should The Birds Fly?’ by Fida Qishta, reserve your place now.
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 humour 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.
The film itself breaks the blockade. Filmmakers in Gaza have never had the opportunity to make a full length, professional documentary of their reality. 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.
“Just returned a few days ago from a visit to Gaza. A memorable, in fact shattering, experience. And reveals graphically much of what your film describes.” Noam Chomsky
“There was a film showing, Where Should The Birds Fly. I thought I knew what was going on. Shocked as anybody could be at the appalling situation. We’ve heard a lot about the appalling situation, but the film says it all.” Michael Mansfield at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine.