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Seamstress is a documentary opera based on the collected oral histories of Palestinian women and girls from Donia Jarrar’s family and community. Blending audio interviews, photography, and raw footage with live chamber orchestra and dance performances, Seamstress aims to create a moving and powerful portrait of love, strength, and resistance in the face of injustice and misinformation. It is an interdisciplinary record of Donia’s Palestinian matriarchal lineage and a radical reclamation of an otherwise forgotten and erased Indigenous history.
Before the watch party, “Donia Jarrar & Debi Wong (Festival Curator) talk about Seamstress and how our lived experiences shape our creative voices.”