Flying Paper: Documentary Film from Gaza

Thursday, May 22, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Post Tags: animation, children, palestine, and refugee camp. Categories: Discussion and Screening.
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor (between Broad and Broadway), Lower Manhattan
Directed by Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill
USA/Palestine, 2013, Running time 71 mins, Arabic/English subtitles

Flying Paper is the story of Palestinian children in Gaza engaged in the culture of kite making and flying.The film follows Musa, a charismatic teenaged kite-maker in the village of Seifa, and Abeer an aspiring young journalist in the Jabalya refugee camp. They join a quest, along with thousands of other children, to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown. It showcases the creative resilience of these children making and flying kites despite the difficult realities they face in their daily lives. This unique documentary includes hand-made animation and has been co-produced with young Palestinians in Gaza trained by the filmmakers through a youth media program called Voices Beyond Walls.

The award-winning film has been screened in over 20 international film festivals and is being prepared for wider public release this year.

Suggested Contribution
General Admission $10 | Students, Seniors, Members $5
Doors open at 6:30pm
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The event will also include a short film made by Palestinian youth as part of the Voices Beyond Walls initiative conducted by the filmmakers in Gaza from 2010-2011.
Director Bios
Nitin Sawhney, is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the New School. His research, teaching and creative practice engages the critical role of technology, civic media, and artistic interventions in contested spaces. Nitin previously taught at the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) and conducted research at the MIT Media Lab. Since 2006, Nitin co-founded a nonprofit initiative Voices Beyond Walls to conduct digital video and storytelling workshops with youth in Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank and Gaza. Nitin recently began a participatory media project, Zona Intervenida, focusing on genocide, memory and body through site-specific performance interventions in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Nitin also co-founded the Boston Palestine Film Festival and served on its original Organizing Committee 2007-2009. Flying Paper is his first feature-length documentary film.
Roger Hill founded the Documentary Production Collective MentalRev Productions ( Hill directed MentalRev’s first feature length documentary Struggle: a film on voter suppression and election rigging in US Presidential Elections. Roger and MentalRev Productions have produced several short films, several of which have aired at film festivals around the world. Hill has toured with his films in cities across the United States and worked as a trainer with the Voices Beyond Walls participatory media program in Gaza during the summer of 2010. Flying Paper is Hill’s third feature length documentary, his other film Witness a Peace Movement is a on the ground look into the activities of the U.S. Anti-War Movement beginning in 2003 in the run up to the Iraq War, and will be making its International Premiere at the 2013 Baghdad International Film Festival.


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