TIFF Lightbox 2 Tue, Apr 30, 2019 6:00 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre Wed, May 1, 2019 3:45 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Fri, May 3, 2019 3:45 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Ireland
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Poverty
War, Conflict & the Military
Middle East
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Garry Keane
Andrew McConnell
Producer(s):Paul Cadieux
Brendan J. Byrne
Executive Producer(s):Trevor Birney
Maryse Rouillard
Co-Producer(s):Christian Beetz
Editor(s):Mick Mahon
Cinematography:Andrew McConnell
Composer:Ray Fabi
Sound:Benoi^t Dame
Catherine Van Der Donckt


International news cameras broadcast nearly every violent confrontation in and around the Gaza Strip, but images of everyday life for the nearly two million people who live within its borders seldom make it to the world's screens. This rare dispatch from inside one of the most politically charged places on Earth does not debate those politics, but instead listens to the ordinary voices of Gaza's people and records how they live. Along the stunning Mediterranean shore, fishermen, children and taxi drivers dream about the sea, complain about traffic and worry aloud about the future. The conflict casts a tense and omnipotent shadow, bringing their sense of frustration and stalemate alive. This skilfully observed portrait doesn't shy away from the very immediate unrest, but what its striking kaleidoscope of characters does illuminate is the far wider consequence of sustained violence: a people's collective resilience. Myrocia Watamaniuk

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Additional Information

  • NOW - 4 Stars, "Well-shot, masterfully constructed."
  • Toronto Star - 10 movies you must see at Hot Docs 2019
  • In the Seats - 3.5 Stars, "Eloquently deals with some difficult subject matter."
  • One Movie Our Views - 3.5 Stars, "Compelling portrait of everyday life."