Since I’ve started reviewing films almost four years-ago, there have been several documentaries about the middle East. These documentaries always take the point of view depending on which side of the conflict made the doc. It’s difficult to steel myself to the content of documentaries on the subject of the Middle East. I can take men and women being blown to bits, I’d rather not watch such carnage, but it’s my job. It’s impossible to steel myself to seeing children blown to bits. Children are always the biggest casualty of the wars in The Middle East. It’s a horrible thing to watch.
“Tears of Gaza” is shown from the Gaza point of view. During the bombings of 2008-2009, no press was allowed to enter Gaza. The only reports the world got were filtered through the Israelis. This film follows several families including three children who are trapped in Gaza during the bombings. There is no way that I can explain the Israel/Gaza conflict. Both sides think they’re right, both sides think killing the other side will solve their problems. The Gaza residents don’t have the firepower that the Israelis do. They also have nowhere to run. Medical services aren’t in place and they are sorely needed.
The film is basically a diary of these families, partly seen from these children’s points of view.
The viewer is shown the families during the beginning of the film and as time goes by and the Israelis attack Gaza over and over, the families get smaller. Losing fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers, bombs don’t care who is in their way. The people who are firing the bombs don’t care either.
There is one young lady whose story is so compelling, it made me cry. Rasmia has lost so much during the bombings. She is very articulate and expresses her fears and sadness very well. It’s so unfortunate that such a sweet child has to go through this horrible situation.
During the film we see families who are being bombed and then going back to search for belongs and often living in the waste that was once their home. Each section of the film is framed by interviews with people affected by the scenes shown.
A large part of the film shows families trying to get their wounded to medical attention. It’s clear to me that many of these “injured” were already dead, but their families had to try. Medical attention was hard to come by.
I wish I had an answer for you, my readers, but I don’t. Apparently, no one else does either.
I recommend this documentary to you all. It’s difficult to watch, but it’s something everyone should see. It’s easy to say something about one side or the other, but ultimately it is through these families and especially these children that the real story will be told.
Check below for viewing dates and locations:
On September 30th – At 11:00 am Only
Varsity Theater 616 2nd Street
Davis, CA 95616
Opening October 12th – 18th
Camera 3 Cinema
288 S. Second Street
San Jose, CA 95113
408-294-3334 408-998-3300 (Movie Showtimes)
In the Afternoon November 11th & 18th
3405 Central NE
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