Film & Discussion: 'Flying Paper'

When & Where
Fellowship Hall, First Baptist Church
305 N. California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
August 14, 2014 - 7:30pm
650 326 8837


Presentations by
ROGER HILL - Co-Director of Flying Paper
RAJAIE BATNIJI - Assistant Prof. of Medicine, Stanford / Born in Gaza’s Shujayiya neighborhood

Free and open to all.

Contributions to Palestine Children’s Relief Fund will be requested. Bring your checkbook!

Flying Paper is the uplifting story of Palestinian children in Gaza engaged in the fascinating culture of kite making and flying.

The film follows Musa, a charismatic teenaged kite-maker in the village of Seifa, and Abeer an aspiring young journalist in the Jabalya refugee camp. They join a remarkable quest, along with thousands of other children, to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown. It showcases the creative resilience of these children making and flying kites despite the difficult realities they face in their daily lives. The film has been co-produced with young Palestinians in Gaza trained by the filmmakers through a youth media program called Voices Beyond Walls. Through the perspective of children and young people comes a story of determination and artistic paper-cameraexpression as the youth in the film work together to achieve a shared goal.

While the record-breaking event is what drives the film’s narrative arc, it is the everyday stories of the young kite makers that will touch audiences through their humor and playful spirit. The film seeks to humanize the conflict through a touching cinematic rendering of the fascinating kite culture among children as a form of creative resistance in Gaza.