Where Should the Birds Fly

Where Should The Birds Fly is the first film about Gaza made by Palestinians living the reality of Israel’s siege and blockade of this tiny enclave. It is the story of two young women, Mona Samouni and Fida Qishta, survivors of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, who show strength, humor, and hope despite the destruction surrounding them.


“Highly Recommended.  A powerful film of fact about the lives of everyday people passionately driven to “survive” and “celebrate life” in a land where no one can take flight or evacuate.”  – Malcom L. Rigsby, Educational Media Reviews Online

Recommended.  Any political or terrorist sympathies remain off-camera here as Qishta serves up a troubling portrait of modern civilian “collateral damage.” – C. Cassady, Video Librarian


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Fida Qishta, Director

Fida Qishta is a Palestinian camerawoman/editor and filmmaker, born in Rafah City in the south of Gaza. Since 2006 she has worked as a journalist, producing news stories and documentaries in the Gaza. Her articles have appeared in the U.K. Observer and Guardian newspapers and The International Herald Tribune. She is a qualified teacher and in 2004 founded the Life Makers Center in Rafah, Gaza to teach English and drama to traumatized children. In this film Fida has documented the horrific Israeli invasion and bombardment of Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009. She and her crew of young videographers kept their cameras rolling for months, recording the struggle of the people of Gaza to retrieve some sense of normalcy from the absolute abnormality of life in the world’s largest prison camp, sealed off on all sides by Israeli and Egyptian walls, barbed wire and military. Where Should The Birds Fly is her first feature documentary film.