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Documentary Screening: Healing Hearts with Director Katya Chelli
November 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Healing Hearts, by French documentarian Katya Chelli, tells the story of a Palestinian doctor from Hebron and of cooperation across the divide with Israeli doctors in the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem to treat Palestinian children born with serious heart malformations.
Director Katya Chelli will be present to bring the story up to date and answer questions, and Dr. Ibrahim Abu Zahira will give a pre-recorded message from Ramallah, where he now lives, to describe his efforts to provide pediatric cardiac medical care in the Palestinian territory.
Watch the Trailer for Healing Hearts
About Katya Chelli
After studying classical ballet for several years, Katya Chelli gave up her dream of becoming a classical ballerina due to back problems. She then studied Russian and German and eventually turned to film editing, which requires a sense of rhythm. She worked as an assistant editor in both the US and then in France, her current home. Among the directors she worked with are Robert Altman, Nikita Mikhalkov, and Costa Gavras. After editing several feature films, she turned to documentary film editing. HEALING HEARTS is her first film as a director.