Mane' Tajawwul/ Forbidden to Wander is a 35-minute documentary that chronicles the experiences of a young Arab American woman traveling on her own in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the summer of 2002. The film is a reflection on the complexity of Palestinian existence and the disturbing ordinariness of living under constant curfew. The film's title reflects this, as the Arabic words used to describe the imposed curfew "mane' tajawwul" literally translate as "forbidden to wander." Forbidden to Wander is also the journey of personal discovery for the filmmaker, the wanderer who falls in love with a Palestinian man in Gaza.
Forbidden to Wander has screened at Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, numerous universities, and film festivals worldwide. It was the winner of the Bettye Nowlin Award for Excellence at the 2004 Cinematexas International Film Festival. Forbidden to Wander was made with the support of a Princess Grace Award, the Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund, and a Puffin Foundation Grant.