A FIRST-TIME collaboration between Irish directors Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell, Gaza premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah last week.Co-produced by Belfast-based Fine Point Films (No Stone Unturned, Bobby Sands: 66 Days) – making it the first documentary from a Belfast-based production company to premiere at Robert Redford’s prestigious event – with major financial support from Screen Ireland, the empathetic and visually arresting film focuses on day-to-day life in the embattled 25-by-seven mile stretch of Mediterranean coastline that’s home to two million people.The film introduces us to a diverse selection of ordinary Gazans – cello-playing law student Karma, teenage aspiring fisherman Ahmed, photographer-turned-lifeguard Mahmoud, a veteran tailor, a taxi driver and others – who talk about their lives on the Gaza Strip under Hamas rule and the impact of Israel’s land, sea and air blockade, which has been in place since 2007.Shot over four years from 2014 to 2018, Ballyshannon-born film-maker Keane’s collaboration with Beiruit-based Enniskillen-born still photographer McConnell coincided with Israel’s anti-Hamas military operation Operation Protective Edge.This 50-day war resulted in over 2,200 deaths, the majority of them Palestinians – including 500 children – during July and August 2014.A contender in the Sundance World Cinema Documentary competition,… Read full this story
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