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Alia Yunis

The Pursuit of Heroes in Palestinian Cinema: An Interview with Annemarie Jacir

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["When I Saw You" is being screened at the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival this week. The next showing is Thursday 3 October 2013 at 8:30 PM at the Goethe Institute.] Where do young Palestinians today look for real heroes—individuals who are brave and noble and inspire others to be brave and noble? This is a recurring theme in current Palestinian art, particularly in two of the past year’s most decorated Palestinian films, one a documentary and one a ...

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Alia Yunis


Alia Yunis is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel The Night Counter (Three Rivers Press/Random House, 2010), which was chosen as a top summer read by the Chicago Tribune and Boston Phoenix.  The Boston Globe called it “poignant and hilarious” and Daily Candy described the life and times of the main character as “madcap.”  For information on the  book and author, please visit her website

Alia has worked as a filmmaker and journalist in Los Angeles, Washington DC and the Middle East.