When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a young woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family, and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time. Naila and the Uprising chronicles the remarkable journey of Naila Ayesh and a fierce community of women at the frontlines, whose stories weave through the most vibrant, nonviolent mobilization in Palestinian history – the First Intifada in the late 1980s.
Using evocative animation, intimate interviews, and exclusive archival footage, this film brings out of anonymity the courageous women activists who have remained on the margins of history -- until now. While most images of the First Intifada paint an incomplete picture of stone-throwing young men front and center, this film tells the story that history overlooked – of an unbending, nonviolent women’s movement at the head of Palestine’s struggle for freedom. Naila and the Uprising was made by the award-winning team, Just Vision, and directed by Julia Bacha.
Runtime: 76 minutes
Production Year: 2017
February 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act which marks the first milestone in the journey of women’s suffrage, the right to vote in political elections.
To mark the year National Museums NI are celebrating the women in our collections through Hear Her Voice, an exciting year-long programme of exhibitions and events.