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TMR Conversations: Resistance in the Face of Annihilation

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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Layla Maghribi interviews Palestinian filmmakers Hind Shoufani and Saeed Taji Farouky on activism and art in Palestinian filmmaking today, and on the role of Palestinian artists in the resistance movement, as well as how to push back against anti-Arab and Palestinian cancellation and censorship in today’s super-charged media landscape.

Layla will interview Hind and Saeed live on February 22nd at 1pm EST/ 7pm CET/ 6pm UK. This online event is open to all and free to the public; donations are welcome to support The Markaz Review.

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About the speakers

Layla Maghribi is a British Arab journalist, currently based in the UK after several years in the Middle East working for international media outlets, including Reuters and CNN International. Raised in England, Layla has lived in Italy, Syria, Lebanon and the UAE, and has a special interest in social issues affecting Arabic-speaking communities, particularly in relation to culture, immigration and mental health. She is a correspondent with The National News based in London. You can read more of her work here or on Twitter @layla_maghribi.

Hind Shoufani is has been a filmmaker, writer and poet for the past 25 years. She recently won a BAFTA for the Oscar-nominated short film “The Present,” and her latest documentary, Heavy Metal, premiered at the Tribeca Film
Festival in 2023. Her first feature film Trip Along Exodus screened in over 30 countries. She is a Fulbright scholar from Jordan, with an MFA in film from The Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Hind has won awards for her personal and professional achievements, helmed commercial projects for corporate and NGO clients, and influenced the literary cultural scene in the SWANA region through events, mentorship & publications. She has published creative essays, prose and poetry in numerous international journals, magazines and anthologies.

Saeed Taji Farouky is a Palestinian-Egyptian-British filmmaker, educator, and curator. His documentary A Thousand Fires won the Marco Zucchi award for most innovative documentary in the Directors Fortnight of the 2021 Locarno Film Festival. A previous documentary Tell Spring Not to Come This Year premiered at the Berlinale 2015 and won the Audience Choice Panorama Award and the Amnesty Human Rights Award. He runs the Radical Film School in London, a free film course for participants from backgrounds underrepresented in the film industry. 

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February 22
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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