Naila and the Uprising

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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


Suhad Babaa

Awards & recognition

Cleveland International Film Festival 2018

Nominee Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Award

DOC NYC 2017

Nominee Viewfinders Grand Jury Prize

What people are saying

The animation is novel, but it's the interviews with Palestinian women that stand out.

Kathleen Sachs

Chicago Reader

"Through archival footage, riveting interviews with the participants, and evocative animations, we meet the brave women who organized rallies and educated Palestinians to be economically independent."

J.R. Kinnard

Seattle Times

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