Tears of Gaza

The brutal devastation sustained by civilians during the 2008-09 bombing of Gaza is chronicled by impassioned filmmaker Vibeke Lokkeberg with the documentary Tears of Gaza.

Although foreign journalists were not allowed to set foot into Gaza, Lokkeberg organized a production team in the area, as three Palestinan cameramen captured extensive footage for the documentary.  The filmmaker crafted her own script and themes of the project, which sees the bombing of Gaza primarily through the eyes of three children.  There are moments in this documentary, including a frenetic and horrifying look at a hospital filled with bloodied bodies, that are basically unwatchable.  Listening to the children discuss their own stories of loss in front of the camera also constitutes for difficult viewing.

(Click on the media bar below to hear Lokkeberg discuss how she orchestrated the interviews with the children without setting foot in Gaza)
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“I wanted to give a voice to these children,” says Lokkeberg in a recent interview conducted in West Hollywood.  “And to do that, you have to follow them into their daily life like going into the graveyard, going to the beach, showing how the mother could make food in her kitchen.  Going to the market and not having money to buy anything. . . and then I needed to show the war and what they had been through.”

Lokkeberg talks about the editing process behind Tears of Gaza (click on the media bar below to hear the director discuss a graphic sequence that is not featured in the documentary).

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Tears of Gaza is now playing in select theaters.

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Posted by Greg Srisavasdi: @Gsrisavasdi