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A Palestinian filmmaker in search of her roots

by Rafique Gangat.


Most Palestinians have been uprooted from their ancestral homes and land as well as dispersed far and wide, but some like Mahasen Nasser-Eldin, an independent filmmaker from occupied Jerusalem, have made it their life’s journey to search and re-connect with their roots. This is her personal contribution to keeping the cause of their struggle alive and, in a sense, by doing so manifesting it as an act of resistance.

Nasser-Eldin’s amazing journey began after she completed high school and left for Chicago to study political science and women’s studies at the University of Illinois. Her intention was to be a good, interactive citizen and engage with the world she lived in.

She says, “It was during my BA studies that I dabbled in filmmaking, working on student films. I co-produced the film, ‘A Drift in The Heartland’ which is about a Palestinian woman whose father dies in the First Intifada (Uprising) and she then leaves for the US, where she marries a fellow Palestinian. It is a fictional story inspired by true events; part of it was shot in Jibya, a beautiful small village in Palestine.”

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