Aisheen: Still Alive in Gaza

November 6th, 2010 | Posted in Canada, Culture, Events, Palestine

Cinema Politica | Tadamon! co-presentation | photo Matthew Cassel Just Image


    Monday November 15, 2010
    screening begins 19h00
    free! donations welcome
    Room H-110
    Concordia University
    1455 de Maisonneuve West

    Nicolas Wadimoff / Switzerland / Qatar / France
    2010 / 85 min. / Arabic with English subtitles

Shot a few weeks after the end of Israel’s January 2009 offensive, this sensitively crafted doc captures the human suffering and devastation wrought on Gaza’s Palestinian residents as they struggle daily to survive. “Where is the ghost town?” asks the little boy to the theme park attendant. “It’s there, right there. But it has been bombed. Do you want to see it?” With these words, Aisheen begins.

The film is a compelling, impressionistic journey through a devastated Gaza after the war. And the ghost town? Gaza is the ghost town. Clowns trying to make children forget the bombing with balloons and make-up; a beached whale “as big as a building” picked clean in a matter of hours by hungry residents; a scrawny stuffed lion hanging limply in a zoo cage—these surreal scenes convey the absurdity of a nation living on the brink, seemingly forever.

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Is it coming to Vancouver? Please, please, Vancouver needs to wake up, also, the film Budrus. Through film we can change a lot of minds.

Comment by melinda huntley — November 13th, 2010 @ 12:21 PM

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