Naila and the Uprising


The Main 3 Fri, Sep 28, 2018 1:15 PM
The Main 3 Sun, Sep 30, 2018 3:45 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$12.00
Senior (Box Office Only):$10.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:MN Premiere
Program:Twin Cities Arab Film Festival
Release Year:2017
Runtime:77 min
English Subtitles
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Just Vision
Director:Julia Bacha
Producer:Rula Salameh
Cinematographer:Talal Jabri
Editor:Rebekah Wingert-Jabi
Composer:Tristan Capacchione


When the First Intifada, a nation-wide uprising, breaks out in 1987, a woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family, and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three and joins a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination. This engaging film revolves around the remarkable story of Naila Ayesh, an activist who has spent years building the infrastructure for women’s economic independence and self-sufficiency for all Palestinians under Israeli occupation. Evocative under-camera animation, intimate interviews, and exclusive archival footage bring out of anonymity the courageous women who shook the Israeli occupation.

Screening with short film:

And an Image Was Born

Razi, a two-year-old Palestinian child, loves to hear the story of “The Monster.” The tale is an allegory of the Palestinian situation, but Razi is too young to understand its political significance; he just wants to imagine and live through its details over and over again.

Director: Firas Khoury | Documentary | Runtime: 9 mins | 2018 | Country: Palestine | Language: Arabic, English Subtitles | US Premiere


"Enlightening, dismaying and empowering." - Hollywood Reporter



Mizna presents the thirteenth Twin Cities Arab Film Festival in partnership with the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul. The Arab Film Fest showcases modern Arab cinema, featuring debut screenings of independent narrative, documentary, and experimental features and shorts.