Death in Gaza
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This poignant and powerful documentary takes a shocking, first-hand look at the culture of hate that permeates the West Bank and Gaza, and which continues to escalate the perennial violence pitting Palestinians against Israelis. Starting out in the city of Nablus (where as many as 80 percent of suicide bombing plots are planned), James Miller and Saira Shah ended up in the Gaza town of Rafah, one of the most dangerous cities in this volatile region. There they spent several weeks focusing on the activities of three Palestinian children - two 12-year-old boys and a 16-year-old girl - who have grown up surrounded by messages of hate against Israel (whose military presence in their town is a constant), and taught that the greatest glory is to die a martyr. The film ends on a day like many other days in Rafah, with death - except that on this day, the fallen victim happens to be the man making this film.]]>
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The camera captures the atmosphere of the streets. Walls are covered with posters of militants and those killed in the conflict. When the sun sets, there's an unearthly scene as the street vendors disappear and then "paramilitaries come out at night using the dead to recruit more militants." Of course, those recruited are usually young males--some still in childhood. In one horrific scene, Saira Shah--also the film's narrator--is brave enough to interview some hooded Palestinian paramilitaries who are grooming Ahmed, a young boy to join their ranks. The paramilitaries play games with the boy and the games slide into teaching him how to hold a rocket grenade launcher. When Shah asks if it is moral to recruit young children to be terrorists, the hooded paramilitary member strokes the boy's head and chillingly responds, "don't worry about responsibility, sister, we're men, when we say goodbye to Ahmed, there are 1000s more like him."
The film shows quite clearly that children on the streets of Palestine are well aware of imminent death and that their lives are irrevocably altered by their day-to-day existence--it is common for children to write letters to their families in case they are killed.Read more ›
Viewers not familiar with the Palestinian resistance will be shocked by the impact that fear and hatred of the Israelis has made upon the youngest generation - the boys flinging rocks at Israeli tanks, who have come under the influence of masked, gun-wielding insurgents. We meet two young boys, close friends, who manufacture explosives, and an older girl who has lost several members of her family and weeps at yet another funeral. The romance of martyrdom overwhelms their youthful world as a welcomed though not fully understood prospect.
There is little resolution to the powerlessness the viewer can feel watching this film, and those sympathetic with the Israeli side of the equation will find it represented by distant, menacing armed figures in military uniforms or moving through the streets in tanks - objects to be feared, scorned, and hated. And as the film represents this ongoing struggle, there seems to be no end in sight. Worth seeing as a look behind the daily news from that part of the troubled world.
For the longest time I thought this might have been fictitious, but it just goes to show you: you can't write this stuff.
This is as real as it gets short of being there yourself.
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This is pure Israeli propaganda nonsense. Gaza teaches life. No one needs to teach hate. Israel does fine causing those feelings by creating cages Palestinians have to walk... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ainne
A friend recommended it. He liked it but I understood this because he was a palestinian and it was a documentary that supported his cause. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Dr. John Van Slooten
This is not an easy film to watch...halfway through it leaves you wondering if there is any hope for peace in this conflict. Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by Tami
le tragique de la situation à Gaza comme dans toute la Palestine ... ce que nous en dit la télévision ou la presse même s'il y a de nombreuses émissions... Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Denise
by Zionist Propaganda...What did we expect from
James Miller. All arabs are terrorists and all
Israelis are angels is pretty much what is exem-
plified here! Read more
Death in Gaza was an extraordinary documentary on the war and violence along the Gaza strip. As a consumer, it was shipped to me in a timely manner took only 4 days, and I was... Read morePublished on May 6, 2011 by Sade
Context: The film and thus these comments are a snapshot of the situation "on the ground" in the West Bank and Gaza in 2003. Read morePublished on November 25, 2008 by Jonathan Shailor