"Trip Along Exodus" is the codec-product of many years of toil and trouble. I started this epic because I was curious as to why my father had made these radical, difficult and honorable choices in his career and personal life. The political in the Palestinian occupation was personal in my family, and whatever personal insight, poetry, memories and experiences we had as a family was also very political. I felt that we were every Palestinian family, torn apart by forces stronger than us.
I spent years roaming many countries collecting fragments of my father's life that he had hidden from us, or neglected to tell us, or forgotten himself. I met women in the US who loved him, all words and laughter and tears, while he was mostly tight lipped about that side of his life.
Pictures, interviews, 8mm films, VHS and Betamax tapes were all digitized along the way in a haphazard manner, friends offered macro video, others political or historical footage, some donated their brilliant Arab electronica music, others helped by animating graphics and so on.
The film is a culmination of the work of many people who mostly asked for the completion of the film as compensation. They believed in the importance of setting free the story of resistance fighters and lovers of Palestine, of telling the tales of intellectuals, fathers, writers and dreamers who spent their life fighting to resist an unjust occupation. The educators, the poets, the mothers who raised warriors in war zones.
I am very grateful for everyone who participated in helping me make this very technically difficult film, who supported me through the exile from dad when the Syrian war broke out and he was stuck in Damascus, who carried footage, USB sticks, hard drives, tapes and music files across so many countries. Thank you to those who offered me office space with air conditioning in the brutal Beirut summer, who had electricity, editing suites, hugs and advice. And endless patience when mine ran out.
Thank you to everyone who insisted I continue when I was lost in the complicated post production process and in the turmoil of personal loss in our homelands that are ever-heartbreaking war zones.
By watching and supporting this film you are not only experiencing a film and the story of a family across 70 years of Levantine history, but you are also encouraging us to tell these stories, keeping the legacy of revolutionaries like my father alive, and helping to create a bigger community of those who must resist and ward off the hegemony of today's empires- both corporate and governmental.
I hope the words and sacrifices of my inspiring, difficult and tireless father bring you comfort and renewed vigor and - somehow- faith.
By donating to this page, you would also be helping an independent Arab filmmaker and poet make a new film, titled "This, She Said", a video art visual exploration of literature which tackles current issues and Middle Eastern sociopolitical spectrums through the sensuality, activism and faith in the poetry and lives of six Arab female poets.
I thank you in advance for being here! And if you enjoy the film, please do reach out and tell us, we would love to hear from you.
Love, light, and much glitter to you all.