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Gender, Protest, and the Politics of Film: A Discussion with Julia Bacha on "Naila and the Uprising"

Julia Bacha

Interviewed by Noah T Black
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An untold story for most, the women's movement that headed and sustained the First Intifada was a source of tremendous popular power and useful lessons. Noah Black sat down with the director of the award-winning film Naila and the Uprising, Julia Bacha, to discuss this history and more. The film was produced by Rula Salameh and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi.


Julia Bacha
Julia Bacha

Filmmaker and Creative Director of Just Vision

Julia Bacha is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker and the Creative Director at Just Vision. She started her filmmaking career in Cairo, where she wrote and edited Control Room (2004), for which she was nominated to the Writer’s Guild of America Award. Subsequently she directed Encounter Point (2006), Budrus (2009), My Neighbourhood (2012) and Naila and the Uprising (2017). Her work has been exhibited at the Sundance, Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals, broadcast on the BBC, HBO and Al Jazeera, and profiled in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Economist. In addition to over thirty film festival awards, Julia is the recipient of the 2010 King Hussein Leadership Prize, the 2012 Ridenhour Film Prize, 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2017 Medal of Excellence from Columbia University, and the 2019 Chicken & Egg Award. She’s a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, and has given two TED talks, “Pay Attention to Nonviolence” and “How women wage conflict without violence” that have been watched by two million people around the world.

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