Love & Intimacy

A video series by CPS x LIFTA <3

As part of 'Palestine, IN-BETWEEN', we present the LOVE & INTIMACY video series. Over the course of the next several weeks, we’ll be releasing short films that center intergenerational outlooks on love and intimacy in Palestine and the diaspora, with discussions highlighting—but not limited to— disconnects, desires, relationships, trauma, teaching, learning, and beyond. This series includes intimate interviews and conversations held between Palestinians who share a close relationship, including old friends, parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, lovers, cousins, and more.

Conversations explore what has been inherited and what is being shed, as well as the ways in which taking care of ourselves and each other is to care for the collective—now and into the future. Dialogue moves beyond topics of love in the human-to-human sense, extending to the deep connections one shares with an object, time, smell, memory, land, and ritual.

This week we share conversations held between Layla Kanaan and Laith Zuaiter, Jenan Ismail and Lana Albeik, and Lara Khouri and Mais Amad. We’d like to thank all who participated in this series for your time, energy, and openness. You can watch the videos and follow the series here on, a blog and accompanying website to this program where we will be sharing original content and reposting content by Palestinians all over the world. The videos are also made available on YouTube. Intro graphic by Ashay Bhave, @slum__prince.

Videos will be released weekly.



In this episode, we meet Lara, 41, and Mais, 33. Lara and Mais share a five-year friendship and live in Dubai. Championing the power of self-love, together, they reflect on personal milestones when considering their evolving relationship with their heritage and the process of discovering one’s self through being Palestinian. They discuss Palestine as a forbidden love, and how social media has given the Palestinian cause more visibility and created a stronger sense of identity in younger generations.


In this episode, we meet Lana, 25, and Jenan, 25. Lana and Jenan are based in the UAE and met as teenagers during their ‘Tumblr days’ and share a nine-year friendship. Interviewing each other, they discuss the ways in which their beliefs feel close to or far from their elders and the unique ways that their parents show love. Jenan and Lana speak on how their Palestinianness is similar and different, Palestinian identity in the US versus the UAE, growing into adulthood together, love languages at home, freeing themselves from guilt, and how they build each other.


In this episode, we meet Layla, 24, and Laith, 23. Layla is based in Portland, Oregon, and Laith is based in Los Angeles, California. The pair met a year ago through the internet, making contact with the desire to connect with a fellow Palestinian-American. Though they’ve never met in person, they share a bond that is deep and familiar. In this conversation, they discuss assimilation as a survival tactic, racism in US mainstream media and how it discourages a proud Arab identity, and the path to defining themselves as Palestinians.