The documentary As It Happened: Ongoing Stories of the Nakba follows four Palestinian students from Alrowwad Cultural and Arts Society who, along with retired Australian drama teacher Ray Goodlass, create a series of small plays about their own personal experiences with the Nakba in the Occupied Territories of Palestine. It is both heartbreaking and hilarious, but above all this small documentary articulates very real stories of ordinary young men and women who have lived through incredible difficulties.
Alrowwad is located in Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, in the West Bank. Alrowwad, or “Beautiful Resistance” is an independent, dynamic community-based not-for-profit organisation which strives to empower women and children through targeted and creative programs using non-violent means. To “live for Palestine rather than die for Palestine.”
The documentary has been nominated for several awards and is the debut film by Sara Aurorae. Sara is a senior program manager working with young refugees and has a masters degree in human rights law. She has studied and worked extensively on human rights for refugees and is a peace activist.
Thank you for the work of individuals like Sara Aurorae and the energy they invest in sharing the lives of people living in challenging situations around the world. Please touch the hearts and minds of everyone who sees this documentary and encourage them to work towards justice and peace in their own lives and in the lives of others.
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