Film: Degrees of Incarceration

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 23:00

With creativity and love, a Palestinian community responds to the crisis of political imprisonment in Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem - a documentary by Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-Azraq

Whether sentences are long or short, political prison does not only isolate those behind bars; it also traumatizes mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and friends. In Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, people have been coping with the toll of prison for generations. As the separation wall is built around the camp and a new wave of arrests tests the strength of this community, young and old respond to the new crisis with all of their creativity and love.

The film examines the rippling social effects of political incarceration on Palestinian families and young people. Intimately depicting the ongoing trauma faced by political prisoners and their families, the film also captures “the remarkable resilience, warmth, and creativity of those who are trying to help a new generation face the future” (Lila Abu- Lughod).

Director, Amahl Bishara in attendance for Q&A following screening.

Amahl Bishara is an assistant associate professor of anthropology at Tufts University, where she teaches and conducts research on media, the state, and human rights, especially in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her almost-soldout 2013 book on the production of U.S. news in the West Bank during the second Intifada is entitled Back Stories: U.S. News Production and Palestinian Politics.

Degrees of Incarceration | Amahl Bishara, dir., Nidal Al-Azraq, prod. | 58 min. | 2010 | Arabic with subtitles

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