POSTPONED UNTIL FALL: Book talk – “Love and Resistance in the Films of Mai Masri”


Victoria Brittain, Author


Mai Masri, Filmmaker


  • A light snack is served at 12:30 p.m. Livestreamed talk begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.














Love and Resistance in the Films of Mai Masri covers Mai Masri’s three decades documenting iconic moments of Palestinian and Lebanese linked history. Masri’s films, unique for giving agency to her subjects, tell much about the untold, unseen people, namely women and children, who lived these experiences of war and occupation. Hailed by former Lebanese political prisoner Soha Bechara regarding her feature film 3000 Nights as “the ‘Lest we forget’ of Palestine,” Masri’s focus on the social and political climates of the vivid lives of unseen people connects to the deepening violence in Palestine today.

Join us for a unique presentation of this book with author Victoria Brittain and filmmaker Mai Masri.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase. 


Biography of Speakers

Victoria Brittain is an author and journalist who has lived for many years in Africa and Asia. She is a former associate foreign editor of the The Guardian and a contributor over many years to specialist magazines and websites in France and the US, mainly on Africa and the Middle East. She is the author of several books on Africa and more recently books and plays relating to the war on terror. She was co-author of Moazzam Begg’s Guantanamo memoir, Enemy Combatant: My Imprisonment at Guantanamo, Bagram, and Kandahar (New Press, 2007) and followed that with Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror (Pluto Press, 2013). She has been a consultant to the UN on two major reports on the impact of conflict, first with the Machel Report on Children, and a second on women. She has been an Associate at the London School of Economics, and was for many years on the Council of the Institute of Race Relations.

Mai Masri has directed, produced, photographed, and edited several award-winning films that have been shown all over the world at film festivals, art galleries, and on television channels. Her films, both those directed by herself and those made in collaboration with her late husband Jean Chamoun, have given visibility to the people living in the Palestinian camps in Lebanon, and to the Lebanese people in general, in documentaries that capture critical junctures in Palestinian and Lebanese history.  Masri’s collaborations with Chamoun include Wild Flowers: Women of South Lebanon (1987), War Generation Beirut (1988), Suspended Dreams (1992), and Hostage of Time (1994). Her own directing credits include Children of Fire (1991), Hanan Ashrawi: A Woman of Her Time (1995), Children of Shatila (1998), Frontiers of Dreams and Fears (2001), Beirut Diaries (2006), 33 Days (2007), and feature film 3000 Nights (2015).