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TEARS OF GAZA


Directed by | Vibeke Løkkeberg

Genre documentary  |  Length: 83mins  |  Year of production: 2010


Emotionally devastating, Tears of Gaza is less a conventional documentary than a record, one presented with minimal gloss, of the 20082009 bombing of Gaza by Israeli forces. Working with footage provided by Palestinian cameramen working during and after the offensive, director Vibeke Løkkeberg explores the impact of the attacks on the civilian population. The resulting film shuttles between the actual bombings and their aftermath, on the streets and in the hospitals. The footage is as indelible as it is horrifying: White phosphorous rains over families and children, children’s bodies are pulled from ruined homes... Recounting the horrors she has witnessed, one young girl collapses and sinks out of frame. With this unflinching, if often distressing, depiction of the 2008/9 offensive, Løkkeberg demands we confront the unbearable costs of waging such wars against civilian populations.