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"Tears of Gaza" Written and Directed by Vibeke Lokkeberg




Let me make this clear, I am not taking any one side, and will just say that for every action, there is a reaction, and that, in my opinion, war and artillery should NEVER be the answer to solving any of life’s problems.

Travel to GAZA, a 25 mile long by 3.7-7.5 mile wide strip of land on the East Coast of the Mediterranean Sea, where at the time of the filming of “Tears of Gaza,” in 2009, the population was 449,221, and where everyday is 9/11.  In this documentary written and directed by Vibeke Lokkeberg, the filmmaker brings you on to the city streets during the regional conflict from December 27, 2008 into January of 2009. Back on 12/27/2008, Israel executed extensive military actions in Gaza, lasting 22 days. During those 22 days, more than 20,000 buildings, homes, factories, and farms were completely or partly destroyed. 1387 were killed, 773 unarmed, mostly women and children, 257 were under 16 years old, and 5,500 were wounded. More than 700 women and 1800 children require lifelong treatment.

In “Tears of Gaza,” the filmmaker records the feelings and experiences of many local children, newlyweds, mothers, fathers, widows, and grandparents, over the course of 7-8 months in destroyed areas, hospitals and refugee camps.

Amira, age 14, would like to be a lawyer, so she can take the Is—-i’s to court.

Yahya, age 12, would like to be a doctor, so he can treat those hurt by the Is—–i’s, stating, “I would like to give medications and perform surgery on those injured by the Isr—i’s.”

Rasmia, age 11, recalls the death of her family members.

The overall feelings expressed by the locals in the film:

“The Isr—i’s  have crushed our hearts.  God is great, and may God punish them. The Isr—i’s are inhuman. Our children are being deliberately and intentionally killed. Our food has sand in it, the water is not drinkable,  and we are thirsty all the time.  We found our home destroyed, there is nothing left. There is no electricity, we have no beds, we sleep on a black blanket. They are stealing our land.  We have lost hope. We wish our loved ones would come back. We wish we had gone with our deceased loved ones. I am saying to the world that it is not fair what the Isr—-i’s are doing to us. Enough is enough.”

Article by Sharon Abella