[Screening + Discussion] ‘Gaza Strip’ (James Longley, 2002)
Sun, Jan 28, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
This event is hosted by Bushel’s reading group that began by reading A Land With A People.
For this third meeting, the facilitator for our first session, Rebecca Manski, will return to host a screening and discussion of the documentary Gaza Strip (James Longley, 2002; 1h 10m).
Here is a statement by the filmmaker from 2010:
“In early 2001 I spent three months in Gaza filming material for this documentary, Gaza Strip, working with local fixer and translator, Mohammed Mohanna. The second Palestinian uprising against Israeli military occupation had begun in September, 2000, and there had already been large numbers of deaths in Gaza when I started this project.
Though the period this documentary covers includes the election of Ariel Sharon as Israeli Prime Minister and large incursions by the Israeli Defense Forces into Gaza, in retrospect the time depicted here is one of relative quiet. More recent Israeli attacks against Gaza have been far more destructive and deadly than what falls into the scope of this film.
The time since the release of this film in 2002 has seen many changes, including the evacuation of illegal Israeli settlements inside the Gaza Strip and the election of Hamas. However, the occupation and attacks against Gaza continue, and the blockade of Gaza has intensified. It is my hope that this film will provide a partial introduction to Gaza for those who have come to the subject recently, and also serve as a document of its time.”