27 Sept 2022

Award-winning Palestinian photographer to showcase film about life under occupation

An award-winning Palestinian photographer will share his experience of living under occupation at an event in Derry this week. Mohammad Al-Azza is a photographer and film-maker based in Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, Palestine. Al-Azza was born in Aida Refugee Camp and is a refugee from the village of Beit Jibreen. He documents the lives and stories of Palestinians living under occupation. His work explores the everyday struggles and resilience of communities to resist colonialism. This month he will visit Glasgow, Belfast, Liverpool and Derry to share his work and speak about the challenges producing films and photography under the oppressive structures of colonial occupation. He will be showcasing his collected work of photography in an exhibition and hosting a screening of a new film exploring childhood trauma and occupation. The film documents the life of one child’s journey to navigate the complex reality of growing up within the confines of a walled refugee camp which is exposed to daily military invasions. Al-Azza will share his personal story being a target of the occupation due to his work. In 2013 he was shot in the face with a rubber bullet, according to news reports in his home country. He was taken to hospital where he underwent several surgeries to repair the broken bones in his face. This event organised by UNISON will take place at 5pm on Saturday June 22 at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin on Great James Street. Niall McCarroll UNISON Community Branch Chairperson commented: “It will provide an opportunity for audiences to see Palestine through the lens of the living, breathing communities in struggle. “By exploring the everyday realities of injustice, we hope to strengthen the international movement to boycott, divest and sanction (BDS), in a strategic move to pressure Israel to comply with international law and end its occupation of Palestine.”

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