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Naila and the Uprising

Hosted by Coulee Region Coalition for Palestinian Rights



Nov 8, 7:00 PM CST


Free Screening

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United States of America

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About the event

Narratives from the perspective of oppressed people are too often absent from mainstream media. 'Naila and the Uprising' gives voice to the Palestinian struggle for liberation. That struggle against settler colonialism and military occupation is directly connected to the movement for racial justice and Indigenous rights here in the US.

'Naila and the Uprising' was featured as part of the acclaimed, 'Women, War and Peace' series on PBS. We are thrilled to be able bring this film to our local community.


Cedar Tree Project;

UW Lacrosse: Anti-Islamophobia Working Group; Office of International Education and Engagement; Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department; College Feminists

Winona State University: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; Students for Palestinian Liberation

La Crosse Area Synod Middle East Subcommittee

You can arrive up to 30 minutes before the screening begins and introduce yourselves in the chat. Join us for a facilitated discussion of the film immediately afterwards.

About the film

Award-winning filmmaker Julia Bacha (Budrus) chronicles the remarkable journey of Naila Ayesh, who played a key role in the nonviolent Palestinian uprising known as the First Intifada. When the uprising broke out in the late 1980s, Naila was living in Gaza. Faced with a choice between love, family and freedom, she embraced all three, joining a clandestine network of Palestinian women who led a movement that put Palestinians on the map. The film inventively combines animation with archival images to explore this hidden history. During production, the film won the DOC NYC Pitch Perfect competition and now makes its debut.




1h 16m




Julia Bacha

Executive Producer

Suhad Babaa

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