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9 April 2015

Essex expert chairs Amnesty film screening

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The film poster for Where Should the Birds Fly

The screening of Where Should the Birds Fly takes place on 15 April

Essex researcher Dr Shohini Chaudhuri is lending her human rights expertise to an Amnesty International film screening and discussion exploring the experiences of Palestinians living in Gaza.

The screening of Fida Qishta’s Where Should the Birds Fly on 15 April at Amnesty’s UK offices in London, will be followed by a discussion chaired by Dr Chaudhuri who is also co-organiser of the event.

Dr Chaudhuri, of the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, and the Human Rights Centre, said: “Where Should the Birds Fly is an unusual and important film because it provides a Palestinian perspective that is missing in much of our mainstream news coverage of the Gaza conflicts.

“And while humanitarian concern about Palestinians declines once a fragile ceasefire is declared, the film explores the conflict’s lingering effects and everyday oppression through its focus on the blockade and routine attacks by Israel of which the full-scale military assaults are intensifications.”

The documentary film, released in 2013, tells the story of the 2008-09 Gaza War, and its aftermath through the eyes of its Director Fida Qishta and 10-year-old girl Mona.

Dr Chaudhuri added: “Its emotional heart is the story of Mona, a ten-year-old orphan, whose resilience and ability to speak truth to power belies her years. A powerful testimony of human rights violations by Israel in Gaza, it’s a film that must be seen by everyone.”

The event takes place at Amnesty’s Human Rights Action Centre in London and tickets are available on Eventbrite.


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