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Helga Tawil-Souri


"A Space Exodus": A Truly Palestinian Film

[Still image from Larissa Sansour,

Larissa Sansour, A Space Exodus. Video (5' 29"). 2009. “Jerusalem, we have problem,” a woman’s voice says, as female fingers run over the controls of a space ship. “No . . . We are back on track,” she then mutters, breathing heavily; the only response from Jerusalem is a deafening silence. In a white spacesuit bearing her name, a Palestinian flag, and embroidery that looks like traditional tatrizz, the woman lands on the moon and plants a Palestinian flag. “A small ...

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Helga Tawil-Souri

Helga Tawil-Souri is an Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Her scholarship mostly concerns Palestinian technological, cultural, and political spaces of expression and resistance.