Trip Along Exodus is a feature documentary (poem) about Elias Shoufani, an academic writer and former leader of the leftist PLO.
“Trip Along Exodus” explores the last 70 years of Palestinian politics seen through the prism of the life of the filmmaker’s father, Dr. Elias Shoufani, a leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and an academic and leftist intellectual who was one of the leaders of the opposition to Arafat within Fatah for 20 years. Born in Ma’liya in the Galilee and educated at the Hebrew University and Princeton, the multilingual and erudite Dr. Shoufani was also the Arab world’s leading analyst of Israeli affairs for more than a generation.
The film uses archive, poetry, family photos/8mm films, glitter, cartoons, animation, macro-photography footage interviews, and multimedia formats in a video-art style—a personal and political memoir.
To understand why he gave up a tenured position at a US university and joined the underground PLO in Beirut, the filmmaker traced her family’s evolution through Palestine’s 20th century history, from the Nakba in 1948 to current day war-torn Syria, where the family lived for decades, peacefully.
The film travels through Washington DC, NYC, the Galilee (Israel), Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, in search of the meaning of home.
" I made a poem and a love story for my family"
A cinematic ode to an absent dad and Palestinian revolutionary
"Trip Along Exodus is in essence an examination of the familial and emotional cost of revolution and rebellion. It is also a daughter’s search for understanding of her own father." "In many ways it is also a lesson in catharsis. It is a film born out of loss and sadness. It is a film, perhaps, that should also be viewed through the emotional lens of Hind herself; a strong, beautiful, outspoken women who at the same time is plagued by rootlessness, anxiety and a sometimes overbearing sense of bereavement."
"By film's end, the audiences will be left with a strong impression of what a remarkable life the protagonist has lived and the often sad incongruities that devolved from his choices."