An untold story for most, the women's movement that headed and sustained the First Intifada was a source of tremendous popular power and useful lessons. Noah Black sat down with the director of the award-winning film Naila and the Uprising, Julia Bacha, to discuss this history and more. The film was produced by Rula Salameh and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi.
This interview took place on 22 November 2019. As such, it may not touch on the most recent events in Palestine, but the lessons from the First Intifada remain relevant.
Julia Bacha is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker and the Creative Director at Just Vision. She started her filmmaking career in Cairo, where she wrote and edited Control Room (2004), for which she was nominated to the Writer’s Guild of America Award. Subsequently, she directed Encounter Point (2006), Budrus (2009), My Neighbourhood (2012), and Naila and the Uprising (2017). Her work has been exhibited at the Sundance, Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals, broadcast on the BBC, HBO, and Al Jazeera, and profiled in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Economist.
Noah T Black is Associate Producer of Status/الوضع, contributor to Jadaliyya's weekly Palestine Media roundup, and graduate of the Middle East and Islamic Studies department of George Mason University. Their research interests are in the theology and praxis of liberation in Muslim thought as well as global Indigenous movements, but they have produced interdisciplinary content on a wide variety of issues including abolition, Kurdish political ecology, and Muslim experiences in the Soviet era.
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