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TUNNEL TRADE


Directed by | Laila ElHaddad & Saeed Taji

Genre documentary  |  Length: 22mins  |  Year of production: 2007


When Israel withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula in 1982, they built a wall along Gaza’s southern border with Egypt. The city of Rafah was split in half. Over subsequent years, frequent border closures further isolated the Gaza Strip, and Palestinian trade was forced underground. Since June 2007, virtually nothing crosses the perimeter of what has been called the world's largest prison. There remains, however, a dangerous means of trade between Gaza and the outside world – a network of tunnels used to smuggle everything from weapons to food to heart medicine. Tunnel Trade is an exclusive inside look at this underground economy from the perspective of the people who run it. Filmed in May 2007 for AlJazeera International’s People & Power programme, it explores how a handful of individuals from Rafah have gone underground to achieve what politics otherwise makes impossible.