When 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, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time.

Just Vision’s newest documentary, Naila and the Uprising, chronicles the remarkable journey of Naila Ayesh, whose story weaves through the most vibrant nonviolent mobilization in Palestinian history—the First Intifada.

Join us for a special screening, followed by a discussion with Julia Bacha, the film’s director and creative director at Just Vision, and Haggai Matar, a co-producer on the film and the executive director of 972–Advancement of Citizen Journalism, as they explore the film’s themes and significance today, in Israel, Palestine, and beyond.

The discussion will be moderated by Thanassis Cambanis, senior fellow at The Century Foundation.

Event Details

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
6:00pm – 8:45pm

The Century Foundation
1 Whitehall street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10004


Julia Bacha
Creative Director, Just Vision

Julia Bacha is a Peabody and Guggenheim Award-winning filmmaker, media strategist, and the creative director at Just Vision, a nonprofit that highlights the power and reach of Palestinians and Israelis working to end the occupation and build a future of freedom, dignity, and equality. Her credits include Control Room (2004, writer/editor), Encounter Point (2006, Writer/Co-Director), Budrus (2009, Director/Producer), My Neighbourhood (2012, Director/Producer) and The Wanted 18 (2014, Impact Producer).

She is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a young global leader at the World Economic Forum, an advisory board member to the Tribeca Film Institute, and a TED speaker. Her latest film, Naila and the Uprising (2017), had its world premiere at DOC NYC followed by IDFA and the Dubai International Film Festival.

Haggai Matar
Executive Director, 972–Advancement of Citizen Journalism

Haggai Matar is the Executive Director of 972–Advancement of Citizen Journalism, the organization behind +972 Magazine and Local Call, which is co-published with Just Vision. Haggai is an award-winning journalist who has worked for both mainstream and independent media outlets in Israel and a board member of the Journalists’ Union in Israel. He is also an associate producer of critically-acclaimed documentary, Naila and the Uprising (2017). In addition, he is a long time political activist against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories and for social justice within Israel, who spent two years in prison for his conscientious objection to join the Israeli army.

Moderator: Thanassis Cambanis
Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation

Thanassis Cambanis a senior fellow at The Century Foundation who specializes in the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy. His most recent book, Once Upon A Revolution: An Egyptian Story, chronicles Egyptian efforts to create a new political order. His first book, A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel was published in 2010. He writes “The Internationalist” column for the Boston Globe Ideas, and regularly contributes to The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and the New York Times. He teaches at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and was previously a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University.