We’re pleased to share this special double-bill screening, the latest in our long running partnerships with Dundee Nablus Twinning Association (DNTA) and Dundee Women’s Festival. There has never been a more important time for the stories of Palestinians to be heard, and we are delighted that director of The Silent Protest, Mahasen Nasser-Eldin, will join us for a panel discussion after the screening.
We asked DNTA for recommendations for further reading and ways to support people in Nablus and beyond, and they suggested Medical Aid for Palestinians and the Palestine Red Crescent Society. They also have their own fundraising campaign, raising money to support nursing and midwifery students in Nablus, which you can find here: DNTA - Student Nurses and Midwives for Nablus.
The Silent Protest
Director: Mahasen Nasser Eldin / Country: Palestine / Year: 2019 / Duration: 20 mins / Certificate: 15 / Language: Arabic with English subtitles
On 26 October 1929, Palestinian women launched their women’s movement. Approximately 300 women converged on Jerusalem from all over Palestine. They held a silent demonstration through a car convoy to protest at the British High Commissioner’s bias against Arabs in the Buraq uprising. This is their story on that day.
Jerusalem-born filmmaker Mahasen Nasser-Eldin specializes in reconstructing and scripting historical narratives using audio and visual archives to restore new life to forgotten figures and celebrate those on the margins of society.
Bye Bye Tiberias
Director: Lina Soualem / Country: Occupied Palestine / France / Belgium / Qatar / Year: 2023 / Duration: 1h 22m / Certificate: 15 / Language: French and Arabic with English subtitles
In her early twenties, Hiam Abbass left her native Palestinian village to follow her dream of becoming an actress in Europe, leaving behind her mother, grandmother, and seven sisters.
Thirty years later, her filmmaker daughter Lina returns with her to the village and questions for the first time her mother’s bold choices, her chosen exile and the way the women in their family influenced both their lives. Set between past and present, Bye Bye Tiberias pieces together images of today, family footage from the nineties and historical archives to portray four generations of daring Palestinian women who keep their story and legacy alive through the strength of their bonds, despite exile, dispossession, and heartbreak.