“Trip Along Exodus” is a film/poem that recreates the last 70 years of Palestinian & Arab politics seen through the prism of the life of the filmmaker’s father, Dr. Elias Shoufani, a leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, an academic & leftist intellectual who was one of the leaders of the opposition to Arafat within Fatah for 20 years. The film language uses archive, poetry, family photos/8mm films, glitter, cartoons, animation, macro-photography, interviews, & other multimedia formats in a video-art amalgam—a personal & political memoir.
Born in the Galilee & educated at the Hebrew University, the multilingual & erudite Dr. Shoufani– with a PHD from Princeton University– was also the Arab world’s leading analyst of Israeli affairs for more than a generation.
To understand why he gave up a tenured position at a US university & joined the underground PLO in Beirut, the filmmaker traced her family’s evolution through Palestine’s 20th century history, from the Nakba in 1948 to current day war-torn Syria, where her immediate family peacefully lived for decades.
The film travels through Washington DC, NYC, the Galilee, Jordan, Lebanon & Syria, in search of the borders of family, the weight of a homeland & the price paid for it.
“Trip Along Exodus” has screened in over 40 festivals internationally, & won the Audience Award for best film at the Cairo International Women’s film festival, the Best Non-European Documentary film at the European Independent Film Festival in Paris, as well as a special mention at the East End Film Festival in London. It has traveled from Japan to refugee camps, from Jerusalem to Vancouver, and the most gratifying part for Hind has been the universal love shown for her father & mother, two powerful Palestinian fighters, relentlessly determined to work for justice & freedom in their homeland.
Producer, Director & Writer
Adam Shapiro, Lafi, Nick Zajicek, Hind Shoufani, Jato Smith, Raja2i Khatib, Hussam Hariri, Atilio Menendez Ferrer
Jean Madani, Bassel Abbas, Munma
Color / Post
Belal Hibri @Lucid Post