Posted by Omar Baddar on November 30, 2018 in Blog
In collaboration with Impact Media Partners, AAI hosted a screening of “1948: Creation and Catastrophe,” a film about the Nakba and the toll Israel’s creation took on Palestinian society. More than 60 people attended the screening at the Hill Center near Capitol Hill.
The film’s co-directors Andy Trimlett and Ahlam Muhtaseb were also at the screening, and engaged the audience afterward in a lively discussion, along with Alaa Hammouda, an Andi Parhamovich Fe
llow at the National Democratic Institute and an Advocacy Media Officer with the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme in Gaza. Hammouda shared a deeply moving personal account of life in Gaza and the difficulty of living under the suffocating siege.
Members of the audience found the film to provide crucial context for their understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and approached Trimlett and Muhtaseb to see how they can help promote future screenings. The post-film discussion also turned to the current situation, and Trump’s ongoing anti-Palestinian policies, and many expressed interest in becoming more engaged in advocacy for a better US policy towards the conflict.