In observance of Nakba Day.
A World Not Ours
Documentary, Palestine (2012) | Director: Mahdi Fleifel | 93 mins | Arabic and English with English subtitles
A World Not Ours is an intimate, humorous, portrait of three generations of exile in the refugee camp of Ein el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon. Based on a wealth of personal recordings, family archives, and historical footage, the film is a sensitive, and illuminating study of belonging, friendship, and family.
Filmed over more than 20 years by multiple generations of the same family, A World Not Ours is more than just a family portrait; it is an attempt to record what is being forgotten, and mark what should not be erased from collective memory.
This screening is sponsored by North Glasgow Iona Community Family Group
I came from the unknown to sing
Documentary, Scotland (2015) | Director: Roxanne Vilk | 10 mins | Arabic and English with English Subtitles
Ghazi Hussein is an award winning Palestinian poet and writer living in Scotland. Born in exile in Syria he was first imprisoned at the age of 14, he was never charged but was ‘guilty of carrying thoughts’. Repeatedly imprisoned and tortured over the next 20 years he says that writing poetry saved his sanity. Ghazi eventually arrived in Scotland in 2000. After a three-year legal battle, the legal evidence of the torture he had endured led him to being granted political asylum in Scotland. This short film, directed by award-winning British/Iranian filmmaker Roxana Vilk explores his poetry as the narrative thread to unravel the complex emotional journey he has travelled through and how he came to eventually call Edinburgh home.