Screening & Discussion: Chronicles of a Refugee Episode 6 of 6 –– “The Return of Talk”

Wed, November 12, 2008 7:30 pm at NYU Cantor Film Center

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Chronicles of a Refugee
Directed by Perla Issa, Adam Shapiro and Aseel Mansour (USA, 2008, DigiBeta)

October 8 - November 12, 2008

Co-sponsored by ArteEast and Adalah-NY

Chronicles of a Refugee is a 6-part documentary series looking at the global Palestinian refugee experience over the last 60 years. Filmed in over 15 countries, with more than 250 interviews of Palestinian refugees who have lived in over 25 countries, the series aims to provoke debate concerning strategy and asks: ‘What makes the most sense for a strategy to achieve Palestinian rights as part of a vibrant and viable Palestinian national movement?’

Post-Screening Discussion moderated by Brian Drolet


Chronicles of a Refugee Episode VI – “The Return of Talk”

By Perla Issa, Adam Shapiro and Aseel Mansour (USA, 2008, 78 min, DigiBeta)

November 12, 2008 7:30 PM
Cantor Film Center, New York University, 36 East 8th Street, New York City

Ticket prices
ArteEast Members: $6.00
Students and Senior Citizens (with valid ID): $8.00
General Public: $10.00

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The Return of Talk explores the relationship of leadership and representation among Palestinians, notably Palestinian refugees worldwide. Providing both historical context and debate over future strategy the film is a comprehensive look at the meaning of political leadership for a people facing exile, occupation and ongoing dispossession. Given the importance of the 60th anniversary of the Nakba, this episode is a timely documentation, combing grassroots, activist and elite perspectives on the history and strategy of the Palestinian national movement.

Adam Shapiro is a documentary filmmaker, human rights activist and Palestinian rights activist. Currently he is filming a documentary on Palestinian refugees all over the world to be released in time for the 60th anniversary of al-Nakba. He is also working with a colleague in an independent effort to help find durable solutions for the Palestinian refugees of Iraq. He last served as Country Director in Afghanistan for the international human rights organization Global Rights. Adam is a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at American University, and holds a MA in Politics from New York University and a MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. He is a founding member of InCounter Productions which produced the award-winning documentary film, 'About Baghdad' (Spring 2004). He has also directed and produced 'darfur diaries: message from home' (Fall 2005), 'becoming nadya' (short film, 2007) and is currently working on 'Kabul Dolls' (2009). His films have screened at film festivals all over the world and have been broadcast on television in the Middle East, Europe and the US. Adam is co-author of the book, "darfur diaries: stories of survival" (Nation Books). In Palestine, Adam was a co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement and lived and worked in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for three years. He serves on the Advisory Board of UMMA, and was named an Honorary Veteran for Peace in 2002.

Perla Issa is a documentary filmmaker and human rights activist based in Beirut, Lebanon. She has volunteered with the ISM in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and with Samidoun in Lebanon during the 2006 summer war. She has worked on the documentary series “Arabs and Terrorism” (2007), and has produced short films on displaced refugees from Nahr El-Bared. Perla has also volunteered teaching in the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut. She holds a MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a MA in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Perla is a Palestinian refugee.

Aseel Mansour is an award winning Palestinian filmmaker and photographer currently living and working in Dubai at Microsoft. He has directed and produced a number of short films and has been selected to attend international film institutes on account of his work. Aseel holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Jordan.

Last updated: 2008-10-21 14:08:52

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