Creating people's geographies
Gaza: Post Operation Cast Lead: This short documentary by Dearbhla Glynn brings us to the Gaza Strip following Operation Cast Lead in late 2008/ early 2009. It offers a personal insight into the day-to-day living conditions faced by the Gaza Strip’s 1.5 million conflict-stricken inhabitants. 2010 ICCL Human Rights Film Awards Shortlistee.
“I don’t think anyone can fully appreciate what’s happening there unless they have witnessed it themselves,” says Dearbhla Glynn. “Police stations, cement factories, graveyards and hospitals were all completely destroyed in the 2008/09 War. This was a very deliberate attempt to crush the infrastructure of the place.”
“They seem to have this amazing faith that Allah will help them, that they have to get on with things. Even the family living in the toppled house welcomed me with these wide, beautiful smiles. They welcomed me into their home, invited me to sit down on a brick and made me a cup of tea. In times of hardship, people’s faith becomes stronger. That’s what keeps them going.”
I wonder when we all know about the atrocities committed by Israel – in fact each country of the world knows what Israel has been up to – then why international quietness? This is weirdest of all weird things I’m known to.
“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”