“Where Should the Birds Fly?” will be screened at noon Thursday in Room 2203 of the Social Sciences & Humanities Building at UC Davis. A discussion with the filmmaker, Fida Qishta, will follow. The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by UCD Students for Justice in Palestine and the UCD Middle East/South Asian Studies Program.
The story centers around Mona Samouni, who was 10 years old when the Israeli military bombed her home, killing her parents and family members during the three-week assault on Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009 known as “Operation Cast Lead.”
“Where Should the Birds Fly?” is a compilation of day-by-day reports of the siege and the emotional and psychological effects of the attacks upon Mona, her surviving family and friends, including the Gazan filmmaker herself.
Qishta, born and raised in Rafah, Gaza, began her filmmaking career as a wedding videographer and soon moved on to work with international human rights observers and media in Gaza.