Friday, May 7, 2010

Aisheen [Still Alive in Gaza]

Aisheen was filmed in Gaza shortly after the end of the Israeli offensive in 2009. It is a series of vignettes of people proceeding with the daily lives under tough conditions.

We see young boys fishing off the coast, frustrated by the single fish in their nets that day, complaining that there aren't many fish available within the 2 km barrier set by the Israelis. One man who's lost all his olive groves which he claims are over 600 years old is so demoralized he has no encouragement to offer his sons to replant the groves. Kids in a community centre watch two clowns perform, whose antics are meant to reduce the tension around the bombing, including likening it to a balloon that explodes when a clown sis on it. There are shots of people smuggling food from Egypt through tunnels, and the sporadic bombing of these areas near the border. And there's the chaos of the UN food distribution centre, with people being crushed against a wicket barrier where they press to present their ID.

There's no narration in the film, just the subtitled voices of the people being filmed, with sometimes thge backdrop of the rap group DARG Team which is featured in the film.

This is a movie worth seeing if you get the chance.

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