Trip Along Exodus
Friday, 9/30 at St. Anthony Main Theatre
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Trip Along Exodus
documentary feature / politics / history
120 mins / 2015
Lebanon / Syria / Palestine
English / Arabic with English subtitles
Trip Along Exodus explores the last 70 years of Palestinian politics through the story of Dr. Elias Shoufani, the filmmaker’s father. Born in Galilee and educated at the Hebrew University and Princeton, Dr. Shoufani was a multilingual and erudite scholar, activist, leftist, and leader in the Palestinian Liberation Organization. The film attempts to understand Dr. Shoufani’s choice to give up a tenured position at a University in the U.S. to join the underground PLO in Beirut. This brilliant film recreates Palestinian history through archival footage, poetry, animation, glitter, photography, and family photos and 8mm films. This documentary gives new meaning and depth to the concept that the personal is political.
Festivals and Awards
*East End Film Festival, London, UK, 2015
*Boston Palestine Film Festival, USA, 2015
*Festival Cine Palestine Paris, France, 2015
*Dubai International Film Festival, UAE, 2014
Hind Shoufani is a Palestinian poet/filmmaker currently residing between Dubai and Beirut in the Middle East, but she keeps a suitcase packed and ready to zoom off whenever the chance for adventure- cinematic, literary or otherwise- presents itself. Born in Lebanon, she was then raised in Amman, Beirut, and Damascus. In 2002, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship from Jordan to complete an MFA at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. She is interested in films that change perceptions of the Other, glitter and how it relates to light, a free and secular Palestine even if mythical, writing poetry to combat bitterness, and female rights and liberties in the Middle East- even if mythical. She is currently working on a video art feature film that visualizes themes of sexuality, politics and religion in the lives of 6 female Arab poets.