Where Should the Birds Fly? by Fida Qishta,  Palestinian filmmaker, Gaza.


Where Should the Birds Fly? tells the story of Mona Al Samouni, a young girl who survives a deadly rocket attack, and Fida Qishta, a videographer, teacher, and human rights worker. Through the lens of Fida’s camera we see the many sides of Gaza—the border, the lives of farmers and fishermen under siege, the devastation of military attack, and the effort to pick up shattered lives. We are given an intimate look into the struggle of two young women to maintain humanity, humor and hope, and to find some sense of normality in a world that is anything but normal.

Beginning with the destruction of her own family home, Fida’s film documents the lives of ordinary people prior to, during and after the 2008-2009 Israeli military assault on Gaza. Her coverage of that attack leads Fida to Mona who just days after the actual events, explains how she witnessed the deaths of five family members when rockets were fired into the house where they sought refuge. The film then follows Mona over a period of two years as she copes with her grief and loss and tries to make sense of her experience, expressing herself with drawings of her life as it was and as it is now. She speaks with a child’s innocence and perspective, yet seems so much older than her years. The film ends with Mona’s hopes for the future: to become a doctor, to be free, to tell the world about Gaza.

Fida Qishta is a Palestinian camerawoman/editor and filmmaker from Rafah in the south of Gaza. Since 2006 she has worked as a journalist, producing documentaries and news stories about Gaza. In 2004 she founded the Life Makers Center to teach English and drama to traumatized Rafah children. During the 2008-2009 invasion and bombardment of Gaza, she and her crew of young videographers kept their cameras rolling for months, recording life and death in the world’s largest prison camp, sealed off on all sides by Israeli and Egyptian walls, barbed wire and military. This is her first feature documentary film.

Venues and showtimes:

Tuesday, March 17, 6 PM–8 PM
Guilford College Founders Hall, Gilmer Room
5800 W Friendly Ave Greensboro, NC 27410
Free meal provided. Reserve by March 13 to: tetheridge@afsc.org. Drop-ins welcome.
AFSC Area office of the Carolinas-Peace
Economic Justice Program Alamance Peace Action (Burlington)

Wednesday, March 18, 7 PM–9 PM
Jones Chapel, Meredith College
3800 Hillsborough St
Raleigh, NC 27607

Thursday, March 19, 7 PM- 9PM
UNC-CH 305 Dey Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Co-sponsor: Students for Justice in Palestine