The first film to kick off a series organized by UMich’s Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, “Rachel” is the story of a young American woman who was killed tragically while fighting for peace in the Gaza strip. Her death had little coverage in the time it occurred, and though witnesses claimed it was an intentionally committed murder, American and international investigators brushed it under the rug and soon forgot about it. With the poignancy and engagement of a great storyteller, director Simone Bitton does the work that should have been done during her tragic death, showing the injustice of Rachel’s story and the larger Palestinian narrative in which is takes part. You can watch this film on 4:00pm – 6:00pm in Weiser Hall – Room 555. It is a free screening.