Gaza

By Blizek, William | Journal of Religion and Film, April 2019 | Go to article overview

Gaza


Blizek, William, Journal of Religion and Film


Gaza (2019), dir. Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell

This is a remarkable movie about ordinary people living on the Gaza Strip. What we discover is the misery and hopelessness of living in Gaza. We also discover the resourcefulness and courage of the Palestinians who live on this tiny sliver of land. (Nearly two million people live in an area that is 25 miles long and only 7 miles wide.)

Among those interviewed are Ahmed, a 14 year old boy; a taxi driver, Mahmoud, who used to be a photographer, but is now a life guard; a tailor who can work only when the electricity is available; a woman who put on the first fashion show in Gaza; a son who has just been released from an Israeli prison; a rapper; and a theater director. For each of these people life is harsh. There are few jobs available, so poverty is rampant. Many of the buildings have been destroyed in bombing raids. The crossings into Israel and Egypt are closed so getting goods from Israel or Egypt is more difficult than before. Israeli gun boats keep anyone from entering or leaving Gaza by sea, which affects Palestinian fishing in the Mediterranean Sea. …

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