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Susan Youssef

2023 00:04:24 Palestinian Territories, Jordan, United States, NetherlandsArabicColorStereo16:9HD video


Actress Maisa Abd Elhadi was shot while protesting in 2021. This short reimagines the moment the actress danced with the forces and through creativity removed all obstacles, for herself and those before and after her.

This film is led by actress/dancer Maisa Abd Elhadi who was shot in the leg in May 2021 in Haifa while protesting peacefully against Palestinian home demolition. It is made with the leaders of the Palestinian circus, whose members have been persecuted and detained. The director has also been targeted as she protested peacefully. We continue to make and change history through creativity that never dies.

About Susan Youssef

Susan Youssef is a creator known for her features, documentary, and shorts that have been programmed at film festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Toronto International, and Sundance. She has been commissioned by the Tate Modern, and her films have played at the New Museum and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Her films also stream on Netflix. She is a Fulbright Fellow, Princess Grace Award winner, Yale University Poynter Fellow in Journalism and MacMillan Center Artist in Residence, and 21st Century Fox Director Fellow. She currently serves as Film Advisor at Yale University. Susan was a journalist and schoolteacher in Beirut. She was born in Brooklyn, NY.