Deanship of Student Affairs Showcases Films on Personal Palestinian Struggle with Occupation

The Deanship of Student Affairs at Birzeit University recently screened two Palestinian films based on true stories. "Fix Me" by Palestinian filmmaker Raed Andoni, and "A Very Hot Summer" by Areej Abu Eid, tackles the struggle that Palestinians face everyday due to Israeli occupation practices.

In the movie "Fix Me," Andoni structures his film around the therapy sessions that he attended at Ramallah hospital. The film scenes explore the severe and agonizing headaches that hit him while he was imprisoned, and his efforts to get rid of the pain after his release.

Social therapist Fathi Fleifel, the doctor who supervised Andoni during his treatment, said that physiological intervention depends on the psychiatrist and the patient themselves. He said that Andoni took a while before he was ready to go to therapy, which ultimately helped his path to a cure.

Abu Eid's movie "A Very Hot Summer," produced in 2016, is based on her personal experience during the Gaza war of 2014. She retells her life in the hot summer days in Gaza, living with no electricity and hearing the sounds of Israeli shells and bombs.

A discussion was held after the movies were screened. A Philosophy and Cultural Studies professor discussed how the movie brings hope and life, despite the deadly circumstances in which a person lives. Past experiences, according to Salameh, can produce a better, positive future.

The Deanship of Student Affairs at Birzeit University showcased recently two Palestinian movies that are based on true stories. "Fix me" for the Palestinian filmmaker Raed Andoni, and "A very hot summer" by Areej Abu Eid, which tackles the struggle that Palestinians face everyday due to the Israeli occupation practices.

In the movie "Fix me", Andoni structured his film around the therapy sessions that he went to in Ramallah hospital. The film scenes explore his sever and agonizing headache that hit him while he was imprisoned, and his efforts to get rid of the pain after his release.

Social therapist Fathi Fleifel, the doctor who supervised Andoni during his treatment, said that physiological intervention depends on the physiatrist and the patient themselves. He explained that Andoni took him a while until he was ready to go to therapy his sessions, which helped his cure journey.

Abu Eid's movie "very hot summer", produced in 2016, is based on her personal experience during the Gaza war of 2014. She retells her life in the hot summer days in Gaza, while living with no electricity and on the sounds of the Israeli shells and bombs.

A discussion arose after the movie screening. Philosophy and cultural studies professor discussed how the movie brings hope and life, despite the deadly circumstances a person can live. Past experiences, according to Salameh, can bring a better, positive future.