Soraida: A Woman of Palestine plus Discussion

soraida a woman of palestine

Saturday 29 June, 2024 at 5.30 p.m.

Soraida, A Woman of Palestine captures the reflections, concerns and imagination of a Palestinian woman, her family and her neighbourhood. Produced exactly 20 years ago for Canadian television, it challenged Western depictions of the region and compelled audiences at the time to ask fundamental questions about what life is like in the Middle East. Today, it offers a rarely seen portrait of life in Ramallah at the turn of the century and an insight into the daily realities of Palestinians over the decades.

In this time of extreme erasure, Palestinian perspectives have rightly come to the forefront, primarily through art and film. As Soraida: A Woman of Palestine showed us 20 years ago, Palestinian cinema and its representations have always been a topic of debate and discussion within the Palestinian film community. How do we represent ourselves now and how did we before? Who do we speak to? How are we seen and heard?

This panel discussion grounds the discussion in the current Scottish context by welcoming two Scotland-based Palestinian women: Razan Madhoon, whose short film “Go Home” was screened as part of SAFAR Futures screening in London back in 2022, and Nastassia Isawi, one of the co-founders of both the Edinburgh based collective Sumud and Falastin film festival, whose first edition took place in Edinburgh and the West Coast this past May. The discussion will be hosted by Greek-Palestinian filmmaker and PhD researcher Theo Panagopoulos.

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