‘I lost my mother, my father, my freedom and the life I had…. I know that people
don’t appreciate the blessings they have until they lose them…’
 
– Mona,
Gaza.

Yesterday evening we went to the P21 Gallery to attend a screening of “Where Should the Birds Fly?”,
a documentary directed and narrated by Fida Qishta,
a Filmmaker from Gaza.

The documentary is mostly dedicated to the 2008-2009 Israeli offensive against
Gaza. Fida Qishta says, “They called it Operation
Cast Lead
, but we call it a massacre.” The assault left
1,400 Palestinians dead (including 300 children) and 5,000 injured.
Israel used a number of internationally-banned weapons such as white phosphorus, a chemical which enters the body and
burns the skin from the inside.

The most affecting character of the film is 10-year-old Mona
Samouni
.
During the attack, Mona was hiding in one building with nearly 100
members of her family, all civilians.  The
building was hit three times by the Israeli forces and twenty-one
members of her family were killed in front of her, including
her mother and father. The film follows her over a period of two years as she
copes with her grief and tries to make sense of what happened.

Watch the trailer

Visit whereshouldthebirdsfly.org for more information about the film