Stitching Palestine

A close up of hands stitching a delicate, bright red pattern on cloth

This film will screen with English subtitles in-house
Subtitles for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing available when viewing online

In Stitching Palestine, twelve Palestinian women living in Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine, draw upon the ancient and enduring art of Palestinian embroidery to share stories about their identities, tales of resistance and memories of their homeland. As lawyers, artists, housewives, activists, architects and politicians each recount their own distinctly personal stories, a collective embroidery begins to take shape, linking one woman to another.

Following the film we will be joined by special guest Rachel Dedman, who will expand upon the significance of Palestinian embroidery as a form of resistance, both historically and in the present day. Rachel is a curator, writer and art historian. She recently curated the exhibition ‘Material Power: Palestinian Embroidery’ – the first major exhibition of Palestinian embroidery in the UK for over 30 years – for Kettles Yard, Cambridge, and The Whitworth, Manchester (2023-2024). Since 2019, Rachel has also been the Jameel Curator of Contemporary Art from the Middle East at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Over the course of the evening there will also be the opportunity to see some examples of Palestinian embroidered fabric and enjoy some Palestinian snacks.

Carol Mansour is an independent documentary film maker. She founded Forward Film Production in 2000. With over 30 years in documentary production, Mansour has covered the world from Sri Lanka to Lebanon to Uzbekistan, receiving international recognition and honour for her films, which reflect her concern for human rights and social justice. Her films tackle issues of forced displacement and refugee rights, migrant workers, mental health, war and memory, child labor, and women’s rights.

Carol’s films have won numerous prestigious awards, with over one hundred film festival screenings and official selections worldwide.

Carol is Lebanese/Canadian, of Palestinian origin.


Rachel Dedman (b. 1989, London) is a curator, writer, and art historian. 

Since 2019, Rachel has been the Jameel Curator of Contemporary Art from the Middle East at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Recent projects for the V&A include the exhibition Jameel Prize: Poetry to Politics; the commissioning platform Beirut Mapped; and the establishment of a research residency programme for artists and designers.

Beyond the V&A, Rachel is the curator of Material Power: Palestinian Embroidery for Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, and The Whitworth, Manchester, in 2023-2024. She is curating the next edition of the State of Fashion Biennale in Arnhem, the Netherlands, with Louise Bennetts in 2024.

Rachel is also co-founder and editor of polycephaly.net, and one third of Radio Earth Hold, a research and broadcast collective supported by the Serpentine Galleries and Nottingham Contemporary.

From 2013-2019 Rachel was based in Beirut, Lebanon.

Stitching Palestine

Dir. Carol Mansour
Canada, Lebanon, Palestine
2017, 78m
Arabic with English subtitles

+ a talk by curator, writer and art historian Rachel Dedman, the curator of Material Power: Palestinian Embroidery

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50% of ticket proceeds for this screening will be donated to the Ghassan Abu Sittah Children’s Fund

Watch Online:
22 June - 6 July

Stitching Palestine is available to watch online for two weeks via our online screening page, including a recording of a post-film talk by Rachel Dedman

Watch at Cample:
Friday 21 June
7:00 - 9:30pm

Join us for a screening at Cample Line, including a post-screening talk by Rachel Dedman and the chance to appreciate some examples of Palestinian embroidery

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Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and National Lottery funding from the BFI