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Gary Keane and Andrew McConnell | 2019 | 90'

For many, it is hard to imagine what life is like in the Gaza Strip. Frequently labeled as the world’s largest open-air prison, it makes an appearance on news reports whenever a confrontation erupts between Israel and Hamas.

On TV sets thousands of miles away, this tiny piece of land has been reduced to an image of violence, chaos, and destruction. Gaza looks at life beyond this, on the banality of the every day, the intimacy of family, and the landscapes beyond the headlines. With stunning photography and high-grade color, this feature-length observational documentary depicts a people plagued by conflict but not defined by it. Through the people we follow, we hear personal stories and gain a nuanced understanding of what life is like for Gaza's citizens. Gaza is a tender portrait of a beleaguered humanity.

This session is brought to you with thanks to SOAS Centre for Palestine Studies and SOAS Middle East Institute.