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Screening in Arabic with English subtitles.

It’s hard to imagine anybody living a normal life in the Gaza Strip. Frequently labeled as the world’s largest open-air prison, it makes an appearance on news reports every time a confrontation erupts between Israel and Hamas. From TV sets thousands of miles away, this tiny piece of land has been reduced to an image of violence, chaos and destruction. So what do the people do when they’re not under siege?

The Gaza which is seldom seen is ordinary, everyday Gaza, a coastal strip which measures just twenty-five miles by six and which is home to an eclectic mix of almost two million people. Gaza cannot be understood in a purely political context or by analyzing tragic sound bites during conflict. It can only be understood by immersion, by living among its people and by recognising and exploring its rich social diversity and cultural subtleties.

Includes a screening of short film On Our Land - Protecting Cultural Heritage In South Hebron Hills (Munjed Jado, 2019) and a post-screening discussion with The Right Honourable Clare Short, Dr Marwan Darweish (Coventry University) and young researchers from the South Hebron Hills. 

The film has real value as a compassionate human document... A sombre, angry film about people under political siege.

The Guardian

A film that grants Gaza’s residents dignity and recognition.

Sight and Sound​

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