From directing duo Garry Keane (The Deafening, The Writing in the Sky) and Award-winning conflict photographer Andrew McConnell, GAZA is a beautiful portrait of everyday Gazan citizens. It brings us into a unique place beyond the reach of television news reports to reveal a world rich with eloquent and resilient characters, offering us a cinematic and enriching portrait of a people attempting to lead meaningful lives against the rubble of perennial conflict.
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?
Referencing the film’s official selection, Garry Keane said, “On behalf of my co-director colleague Andrew McConnell and I, it is a huge honor for our film GAZA to be selected for the Sundance Film Festival 2019 in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. This is not only a professional Everest for us both, but even more so, it is a clear testament to the resilience and bravery of our contributors who have shared their lives with us in this beautiful and much misunderstood place. It is a privilege to have spent time with them and to have had the chance to bring their stories of hope and survival in one of the most unique places on earth to the world’s most prestigious documentary festival.”
GAZA is a Real Films and Filmoption International co-production in association with Fine Point Films and Gebruder Beetz Filmproduktion, produced by Brendan J. Byrne (Bobby Sands: 66 Days, Elián) with Paul Cadieux (The Triplets of Belleville, P.S. Jerusalem), Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell and Executive Producer Trevor Birney (No Stone Unturned, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God) and Christian Beetz (The Cleaners). The editing is by Mick Mahon (Citizen Lane, The Queen of Ireland) and the Original Score is by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning Canadian composer Ray Fabi.
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