Remember Us carries a collection of stories and narratives, a project initiated by one of the editors, Husna Musa, after her return from Gaza early 2013, as a member of the friendship committee of Viva Palestina Malaysia, she emotionally embraced the stories of her Palestinian friends to share it with young readers from around the world.
Remember Us will bring us through a journey we have never been through before. The honest expression of hopes, fear, anger, dreams, frustrations, aspirations and desires reflect that the ones who are living under oppression and continuous intimidation by their occupiers are simply people who yearn for a peaceful life.
Through their lyrical contributions, readers learn to view Palestinians not as victims or "superhuman" impervious to whatever life throws at them, but as human beings capable of love, fear, anger, sorrow, and deserves freedom as well as justice.
Laila El-Haddad Palestinian freelance journalist, author, blogger, and media activist
The voices in this collection are important and deserve to be celebrated. Whether Palestinians sharing a slice of their lives with us, or the activists and humanitarians who support them, lives can and will be changed through the power of story.
Randa Abdel Fattah Author, human rights activist, Phd candidate
This book will move you as it has moved me. In accessible language, written by young people for young people, ‘Remember US’ is an easily read, yet hard to forget, work.
Lauren Booth Broadcaster, writer, human rights activist
Emad Burnat is a Palestinian farmer. In 2005 he bought his first camera to record the birth of his son Gibreel. But when the Israelis started building a wall across his farm in the village of Bi'lin, he turned his camera to their theft.
This wall now runs throughout the occupied territories splitting farmlands and further creating difficulties for Palestinians. LIfe is tougher for them without access to their farmland and olive groves.
There were protests almost daily, with Israeli activists joining the Palestinians in what they see as gross violation of human-rights.
The result of this is a film, 5 Broken Cameras which covered a span of seven years of his life and the fellow villagers of Bi'lin.
It was co-directed with Israeli activist and film-maker Guy Davidi. The film is his personal account of the theft of his land and the persecution of Palestinians by Israelis in the Occupied West Bank.
The film became a Sundance winner and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for 2012.
"When I film I feel like the camera protects me. But it's an illusion"
Emad was in Kuala Lumpur recently for the charity premier of his film 5 Broken Cameras organised by Viva Palestine Malaysia.We caught up with him at Coffee 5 Cups at Plaza Damas 3 in Sri Hartamas.
Viva Palestina Malaysia's chairman Dato' Dr Musa speaks at the charity premiere of 5Broken Cameras at our Kuala Lumpur Film Festival 2013
Kuala Lumpur Palestine Film Festival 2013 (KLPFF2013) is a follow on from KLPFF2012 which not only succeeded in generating Rm 2 million in funds from both the public and the Ministry of Education, it was able to reach an audience largely not exposed to the realities of the humanitarian crisis in Palestine.
Details of the Film Festival
Date : 17 - 19 May 2013
Location : GSC Pavilion Kuala Lumpur