The uplifting story of a Palestinian quest to break a world record
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Nitin Sawhney is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the New School for Public Engagement. Since 1995, Nitin has worked on several video shorts and interactive media projects. Since 2006, Nitin co-founded a nonprofit initiative Voices Beyond Walls to conduct digital video and storytelling workshops with children and youth in Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank and Gaza. Nitin also co-founded the Boston Palestine Film Festival to showcase Palestinian Cinema to mainstream American audiences and support emerging Palestinian filmmakers. Flying Paper is his first feature-length documentary film.
Roger Hill graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Film, Sociology and African American Studies. While a student Hill completed his first short feature length documentary. Shortly after relocating to the Bay Area he founded MentalRev Productions. Roger has since directed, filmed and edited a compilation of 12 short documentaries, music videos and a narrative-documentary hybrid.
The tone of Flying Paper is a counter to the serious and heavy tone of most documentaries on the subject of Palestine. We aim to make an enjoyable Narrative Documentary that is inspiring and uplifting, which focuses on the achievements of youth in Gaza who endure hardships, but are resilient in their efforts to represent themselves and their culture with pride and grace. The political situation and suffering of the Palestinians in Gaza isn't ignored in the film, but rather it is part of the context in which an inspiring story with engaging characters takes place.