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‘Where Should the Birds Fly’ is showing twice in NY today

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Several times here we’ve sought to promote Fida Qishta’s penetrating, subtle, anguished documentary about Gaza, “Where Should the Birds Fly?” which is distinguished by the remarkable relationship between the filmmaker and a 1o-year-old girl who survived a massacre in Cast Lead. 

Well, it’s showing in New York today and tonight. And you should do your utmost to try and see it. My own take on the film is below the flyer.

Where Should the Birds Fly
Where Should the Birds Fly
Presented by Manhattan Film Festival and Deep Dish TV
Friday, June 21st @ 3:15PM
34 W 13th St. (between 5th and 6th Avenue) 
Click HERE to purchase tickets online!!
Where Should the Birds Fly
Presented by The American Indian Community House and Deep Dish TV
Friday, June 21st @ 7PM
134 W 29th Street, 4th Floor (between 6th and 7th Avenue)
In December of 2008 Israel launched a devastating attack on Gaza. A month of bullets, bombs, rockets, white phosphorus, tanks and bulldozers left 1400, mostly civilians, dead and this section of Occupied Palestine in rubble. Where Should the Birds Fly is a compelling and moving Palestinian film based on the story of two remarkable young women, the future of Palestine, who personify the struggle to maintain humanity, humor, hope, and to find some degree of normality in the brutal abnormality that has been imposed on them and Palestinians. This is the first film documenting the impact of the attacks made by Palestinians themselves. 
FIDA QISHTA is a Palestinian filmmaker/videographer who was born in Rafah, Gaza. She began her video work as a wedding photographer in the Gaza Strip, and then began accompanying human rights observers in Gaza, documenting their work. Her reporting, photography and video journalism has appeared in the UK Guardian, the Observer, and the International Herald Tribune. Fida is also a qualified teacher and, in 2004, co-founded with her sister Faten, The Lifemakers Center, an after school and tutoring program which serves several hundred children in Rafah. 

Her first full-length documentary, Where Should the Birds Fly, is a powerful reflection of her work and life in Gaza from 2004 through 2009.
339 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10012
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My take on the film:

The film follows Qishta’s own development from the girlhood experience of seeing her house destroyed by bulldozers to the discovery of her vocation, work as a wedding photographer that leads in turn to her documenting the slaughter of the Israeli operation called Cast Lead in 2009. Then Qishta finds the other focus of the film, the softspoken 10-year-old Mona al-Samouni, who when asked how many of her family were killed in the al-Samouni massacre of Cast Lead, says, “Not many,” before reciting a list beginning with her mother and father. The film will give pause to anyone who dares to write off an entire society as terrorists or fundamentalists.

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8 Responses

  1. Pamela Olson on June 21, 2013, 12:36 pm

    A powerful film. I just (finally) saw it myself. Please do see it if you can.

  2. Carllarc on June 21, 2013, 1:11 pm

    check out the clip of Where Should the Birds Fly,

  3. Citizen on June 21, 2013, 1:11 pm

    Great film, good article. Keep it up.

  4. Reds on June 21, 2013, 1:43 pm

    Interesting no Mention on NPR. Instead the focus was on “The Attack” a story on a “normal” Israeli Palestinian(who happen to be a secret sucided bomber) and her Renown doctor Husband coming to grib his wife was a sucided bomber and no reason other than…… by an Lebanese film maker.

    2 pieces in the last two days that I heard of

  5. Reds on June 21, 2013, 1:44 pm

    Any chance this film will be on Net Flixs?

  6. DICKERSON3870 on June 21, 2013, 3:20 pm

    FACEBOOK: Where Should The Birds Fly?
    68 likes · 4 talking about this
    The first film about Gaza made by Palestinians living the reality of Israel’s siege and blockade of this tiny enclave. Produced by Deep Dish TV.
    TO LIKE –

  7. Carllarc on June 21, 2013, 5:41 pm

    I believe the idf scumbag ID’ed as the responsible person for this massacre was supposedly investigated for war crimes by Israel, cleared and then promoted to general,

    “The IDF likes to reverse the old saying: “Let no good deed go unpunished.” It likes to ensure that no war crime goes unrewarded. Col. Ilan Malka, who was named by the Goldstone Report as possibly responsible for two sets of war crimes during Operation Cast Lead (one of them was the murder of the al-Samouni family, resulting in the deaths of 20 civilians including women and children), just received a promotion from the IDF chief of staff. He will be the new chief of staff of the Central Command, assigned to protect settlements and provide the security necessary for expanding the settler enterprise in the West Bank. He will rise in rank from Colonel to Brigadier General.

    Malka was one of only two officers who were ever investigated for their murder of civilians during the war. The worst punishment he received was to have further promotions put on hold since 2010. Now, Brig. Gen. Gantz has freed him from this military Purgatory and he can continue to work his way up the ranks to his own level of incompetence. Or should I say “competence,” since the IDF appears to view soldiers who kill civilians as being supremely competent. How else to explain this promotion?”

  8. Citizen on June 23, 2013, 1:40 pm

    Birds flying? Phil Weiss knows all about this, where they fly with extra power, the conversion of WASP power to Jewish Power in USA–the Ivy League Tool:

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