Join the Center for Political Education and Arab Resource and Organizing Center in celebrating Women’s Herstory Month with a screening of Leila Khaled: Hijacker followed by a discussion with Rabab Abdulhadi, professor of Race and Resistance Studies at SFSU. In 1969 Palestinian militant Leila Khaled made history by becoming the first woman to hijack an airplane. As a Palestinian child growing up in Sweden, filmmaker Lina Makboul admired Khaled for her bold actions; as an adult, she began asking complex questions about the legacy created by her childhood hero.
This documentary is at once a complicated portrait of Khaled and an exploration of the filmmaker’s own Palestinian identity. The film weaves together scenes of Khaled, archival footage, and interviews with the people who were on the planes Khaled hijacked.
Rabab Abdulhadi is an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies and the Senior Scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative, at SFSU's College of Ethnic Studies. She is the co-editor of Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence and Belonging (Syracuse University Press), winner of the 2011 National Arab American Book Award. Her remarks will build on the panel she organized at the World Social Forum-Free Palestine (Porto Alegre, Brazil, November 2012). The panel Gender and Resistance featured several speakers including Leila Khaled and Angela Davis.
This screening is the first event of the CPE’s Decolonize Your Struggle Series, exploring historical and contemporary anti-colonialist and anti-imperialist struggles. The series will examine the interconnections and distinctions between movements for national liberation and indigenous sovereignty, and their relevance for building a decolonized Left today.
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