Gaza had its first film festival — and we just missed it

Published May 18th, 2015 - 04:11 GMT
Festival organizers rolled out the Red Carpet in the ruins of a destroyed neighborhood. (YouTube)
Festival organizers rolled out the Red Carpet in the ruins of a destroyed neighborhood. (YouTube)

Cannes wasn't the only event that rolled out the Red Carpet this week.

The Gaza Strip hosted its first film festival in the ruins of a neighborhood destroyed by the Israeli war last summer, showing 20 narrative and documentary films. Organized by Gaza production company Lama Film, the Karama Gaza Film Festival was an emotional event attended by Palestinians around their war-torn homes.

"The people of Shujaiyeh still don't have homes until today, and this festival is a message to everyone to think of them as human beings," organizer Khalil al-Mozayen told The WorldPost. "I want the festival to send a message to the whole world that people of Gaza deserve life -- that they love life and seek peace."

As seen in the video, Gaza City's Shujaiyeh district is in tatters, yet to be rebuilt after Israel's 50-day siege last summer. Organizers rolled out the Red Carpet nestled between building remains. 

Over 100,000 Palestinians remain homeless after the Gaza war, but international donors have pledged $5.4 billion for reconstruction. 


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