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GAZA HOSPITAL


Directed by | Marco Pasquini

Genre documentary  |  Length: 84mins  |  Year of production: 2009


In the 1970s, Beirut’s Gaza Hospital was established as the main medical services centre run by the PLO in Lebanon. Today, the shell of the war scarred building is home to hundreds of Palestinian refugee families. Due to its location at the crossroads between Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, this ten floor structure has witnessed uncountable key episodes in Palestinian history.

Drawing on archive film from the hospital’s past, and on interviews with hospital staff, Pasquini’s elegantly composed doc chronicles this history, from the Hospital’s celebrated foundation as a cornerstone of a revolutionary social welfare programme begun by the PLO, to its destruction and subsequent transformation into a vertical refugee camp.