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Asher de Bentolila Tlalim – 2003 docu 97 min.

Galoot (‘exile’ in Hebrew) is an intimate saga that touches the seeds of the pains and tragedies transformed nowadays into the locked Palestinian/Israeli conflict. A temporary exile from his homeland allows the Israeli filmmaker to see the conflict with new and provocative eyes. Through his Palestinian and Israeli friends and through his and his wife’s personal journeys ‘Galoot” provides a reflective journey through homes and deserted homelands in Israel, Palestine, Poland, Morocco and England. Disillusioned by politicians, Tlalim tries to discover a scientific solution to the conflict with the help of Dr. Tim Hunt, Nobelprize winner 2001.

The Garden of Eden

Director: Ran Tal Docu Israel 2012 73 minutes ArabicHebr

To Jews it’s the Gan HaShlosha National Park. To Arabs it’s the Sahne. In this widely-lauded documentary, however, it’s the eponymous Garden of Eden. A funny, generous document of the park—a popular getaway for Israelis from all walks of life—through the seasonal changes of one year, an introduction to some of the park’s regular visitors, a host of fascinating individuals. There is a recent divorcee, a woman who has faced untold trials since her marriage as an adolescent, a man planning to emigrate from Israel, and another traumatized by his brother’s death in war. Christians, Muslims, Jews, and atheists are here, united in their humanity, and the result is a testimony on the vibrant diversity of Israel, often mistakenly simplified into two monolithic poles.
 Themes: Documentary, Education

‘The Gatekeepers

Dror Moreh – 2012 docu 101 min.

Zes voormalige hoofden van de Israëlische Binnenlandse Veiligheidsdienst SHIN BETH reflecteren op eigen handelen en het toenmalige veligheidsbeleid van Israël over hun ‘war on terror.’ Ze stonden midden in het Israëlische besluitvormingsproces m.b.t. de veiligheid van 1980 tot 2011. Met unieke archiefbeelden. Het zijn achtereenvolgens Avraham Shalom, Yaakov Peri, Carmi Gillon, Ami Ayalon, Avi Dichter en Yuval Diskin. Avraham vergelijkt de bezetting van de Palestijnse gebieden met de Duitse bezetting. Conclusie door hen uitgesproken over hun eigen beleid: ‘je kunt de slag winnen, maar de oorlog verliezen.’ Docu met Nederlandse ondertiteling: dvd 21,92 dollar, publieke vertoning 120 dollar.

The gates are open sometimes
Liana Badr – 2006 docu 42 min.
A lof of people are suffering, and the film is to show some of the stories of how they are living there. I was filming the wall, it is a militant area. It was horrible. I was threatened by soldiers many times. Once when I was filming, a soldier was standing behind me, talking very loud to disturb me. It provoked me, I was on the palestinian side of the wall.
All of a sudden the soldiers pointed their guns at me. I had a panic attack, I couldn’t breathe. But I saved myself. I opened my arms and shouted ”This is Palestinian land!”. And they left. But I was on the edge of something very horrible.
'Gaza 36mm'

Khalil Mozayyen Egypt / Palestine / Israel 2012 docu 47 min.
Synopsis: Gaza 36mm is the interpretation of a reality that excels the game of death more than the game of life. It is a small window through which Gaza had the chance to see the outside space, a special cinematographic code that reflects the state of destruction and damage of the cinemas due to ideological and social reasons. It is about a dump that was once a cinema house that attracts visitors.
About the filmmaker: Khalil Al Mozayen is a Palestinian filmmaker who studied photography in Jerusalem, cinema in Russia and trained at the FOJO Institute in Sweden. He has an extensive experience in media production and is a seasoned trainer in filmmaking.

Gaza: another kind of tears

Abed el Salam Shehada – 2006 docu 50 min.

Gaza director Abed El Salam Shehada, follows the story of the Abu Maher family, separated for decades by Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip. With the 2005 Israeli disengagement from Gaza, he documented the withdrawal and its aftermath, revealing how Israel may have evacuated its settlements, but Gaza remains closed and sequestered from world beyond it. “The film is a state of joy: another kind of tears I’m not familiar with. I cried like a child and felt the glee of pride and consciousness. For the first time in my life, I unified with the free world and Gaza reassumed its geographical existence on the continent. But this happiness didn’t last long. Checkpoints were dismantled and settlements were destroyed. But Gaza disappeared once again behind an endless circular fence.” Abed El Salam Shehada.

Gaza from within: Return to Seifa Village

Anne Paq and Roger Hill, docu 11 min, 2015 Gaza

Two young Palestinian siblings living with their extended family in the village of Seifa on the northern border area of Gaza confront the aftermath of the Gaza war of 2014 just weeks after Israeli artillery devastated their home. The film captures a snapshot of young lives and
families in turmoil, adapting to the harsh realities of yet another violent disruption to their hopes and aspirations in Gaza.

Gaza Ghetto (1948-1984)

Joan Mandell – 1984 docu

The Gaza Strip’s half-million Palestinians live in the Israeli-occupied territory most neglected by the outside world. This film investigates Israeli policies toward this area and interviews Israeli officials, such as Ariel Sharon. Archival footage shows scenes from the military “pacification” program in Gaza and its effect on local residents. The reality of life for people in the Gaza strip is brought into focus by the film’s portrayal of the daily life of one family, the Dimrawis. They live in Jabalia, the largest of all the refugee camps.

Gaza Hospital

Marco Pasquini – 2009 docu 84 min.

In the 1970s, Beirut’s Gaza Hospital was established as the main medical services centre run by the PLO in Lebanon. Today, the shell of the war scarred building is home to hundreds of Palestinian refugee families. Due to its location at the crossroads between Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, this ten floor structure has witnessed uncountable key episodes in Palestinian history. Drawing on archive film from the hospital’s past, and on interviews with hospital staff, Pasquini’s elegantly composed doc chronicles this history, from the Hospital’s celebrated foundation as a cornerstone of a revolutionary social welfare programme begun by the PLO, to its destruction and subsequent transformation into a vertical refugee camp.

Gaza Strip

James Longley – 2002 docu 74 min.

‘I wanted to make a film that would convey not only the hard facts of life inside the Gaza Strip, but also the emotions, sensations and driving desires of the people I filmed. I made the film to fill a gap in our knowledge and a blind spot in our thinking about this conflict, but more than anything this film is an attempt to record the humanity of the people I met there, the thing that is impossible to tell in words.’
(Director – James Longley). “Beautiful, heartbreaking, raw and revealing” – Daily Star (Beirut). “In the best verite tradition, there are moments in Gaza Strip that disclose a wrenching human reality deeper and more basic than any politics” – New York Times.

Gaza Surf Club

by Philip Gnadt en Mickey Yamine, docu 87 min, Duitsland, 2016
Language Arabic, English and Hawaiian with English and Arabic subtitles


Trapped in “the world’s largest open-air prison” and ruled by war, a new generation is drawn to the beaches. Sick of occupation and political gridlock, they find their own personal freedom in the waves of the Mediterranean Sea. They are the surfers of Gaza.

The documentary looks at a surprising new community, composed of a new generation of Middle Easterners who look to the waves of the Mediterranean for solace from war and political gridlock. In the clip, the 15-year-old girl notes how her hobbies — which include wearing nail polish and swimming (without a head scarf so she doesn’t choke) — stand in contrast to her society even though that’s what makes her happy.

“The film is not a report on Middle Eastern society; it’s a story. We chose a small group of people for their individual aspirations and attempted to show beauty and hope in a place known by most for quite the opposite,” director Philip Gnadt and co-director/producer Mickey Yamine tells. “If we manage to make a few people think — whether it be about the similarities and differences in cultures or how happiness is relative to what opportunities you are given — then this film has had a purpose.”

Gaza: tunnels to nowhere

Miriam Abu Sharkh – 2013 docu 22 min.

After human rights professor Miriam Abu Sharkh is compelled to travel through the Gaza/Egypt tunnels to visit her family in Gaza, she grows increasingly interested in the lives of tunnel workers and their families. Gaza: Tunnels to Nowhere, enjoys rare access to all the risk and heartbreak of this most perilous of trade routes.

Gaza: A Gaping Wound

by Anne Paq + Alaa’ Qandil, docu 14 min. Gaza 2016

What do you remember about the 51-day-long Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip in 2014? Maybe the numbers: 2,200 dead, 11,000 injured, 100,000 homeless? The war, so closely watched by the media, has been measured, numbered, counted. But the statistics do not reflect the loss of a loved one, the bombing of a family home, or the trauma that comes after the ceasefire. Gaza: A Gaping Wound tells the stories of some of the families from the Gaza Strip whose lives were shattered during the Israeli military offensive in 2014. It stands as an intimate tale of sudden loss, pain, and the life in the aftermath. For the survivors, once the war ends, the struggle really begins. The film is part of a long-term project and web documentary Obliterated Families.

Gaza By Her

by May Odeh e Riham Ghazali​; Palestine, 2017, 20 min, Arabic
A tribute to all the women in Gaza:the women who are trying to leave a unique imprint of change, love, and success, despite all the difficulties. It is an extraordinary experience that allows us to meet 4 women the singer, the fashion designer,the activist, and the mother, whom share their hope for a better future.

by Carles Bover and Julio Pérez; Spain, 2017, 19 min, Arabic
After the last Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, once stop the bombing, the reality of the conflict disappears from the media. The documentary is a trip to Gaza in which, through various characters, we know the violation of human rights that exists daily in the occupied West Bank and the situation of blockade and war in which is trying to survive the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip. It is a trip through their cities, their people and also, somehow, their history under the occupation of Israel.
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