Short Video of the event, edited by Sara Fusco
Screening, Live Music and Discussion with Filmmakers
Monday, May 21, 7:00 p.m.
The New School for Public Engagement
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, New York
Admission: Free (with Palestinian food & drinks)
Come join us for a special sneak preview screening of the forthcoming documentary film Flying Paper. The film tells the uplifting story of Palestinian youth in the Gaza Strip on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown. The film seeks to humanize the conflict in Gaza through the creative voices and cinematic rendering of the fascinating culture of kite making and flying among youth there.
The film is directed by Nitin Sawhney, New School Media Studies faculty; Roger Hill, a San-Francisco based filmmaker; and co-produced with a team of Palestinian youth whom they trained in Gaza, as part of their Voices Beyond Walls youth media program. The film has been supported in part by the National Geographic All Roads Seed Grant. Watch a brief trailer here:
The feature-length film is currently entering post-production through a special collaboration with a talented team New School students including Ramon Campos, Francois Vaxelaire, Nagmeh Abbasi, Daniel Nienhuis, Sara Fusco, and Hadeel Assali.
The event showcases a newly-edited 13 min preview of the film, discussions with filmmakers and a social-mixer over live music, food and drinks. Live music will be performed by Camila Meza, a Jazz student at the New School. Palestinian food for the event will be catered through the Tanoreen Restaurant in Brooklyn.
The event was co-sponsored with the School of Media Studies at the New School for Public Engagement, The University Student Senate (USS) and Alwan for the Arts, a nonprofit organization that showcases Middle-Eastern arts and culture in New York.