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Sat, 25 Nov


State Art Gallery, Hyderabad

Documentary Screening - Occupied

The story of Palestine is complex and tumultuous, with much written and spoken about it over the years. Occupied is a documentary that focuses on young, disenfranchised Palestinians who have chosen creativity over conflict as a response to the world around them.

Documentary Screening - Occupied
Documentary Screening - Occupied

Time & Location

25 Nov 2023, 11:00 am IST

State Art Gallery, Hyderabad, Road No.1, Kavuri Hills Jubilee Hills, D Mart, police station, near Madhapur, CBI Colony, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana 500033, India

About the event


The story of Palestine and its people is wrought in complexities. Much has been written and spoken about it over the decades and the ground swell of activism, conflict and peace resolutions that have come to pass, bear testimony to its tumultuous history. Invariably, the body of work in the public domain today is largely geared towards stories that speak to the atrocities and injustices visited upon the people of Palestine – stories that are important and integral to the larger discussion on human rights, statehood and the politics governing the Arab world.


Our story chooses to focus on the young, disenfranchised, Palestinians who have chosen the path of creativity over conflict as a response to the world around them. The individuals featured and the experiences shared by them, speak to a collective reimagining of what resistance in the face of aggression can look like.

Resistance that has taken the shape of music serenading patrons at the local watering hole, art that adorns the walls lining pavements and poetry gushing forth from the lips of brave women and men who know no other language.


Occupied is the story of young Palestinians debating the choices made and the path walked – while decoding a future that is equal parts promising and uncertain. It is their celebration of life, love and hope, set against the backdrop of persecution and marginalization, with a singular belief at its core – in the end, love always wins.


Directed by Pranav Pingle

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