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Gaza Ghetto: Portrait of a Palestinian Family

by Joan Mandell and PeA Holmquist, Pierre Bjorklund

The impact of war on a Palestinian family

In the first documentary film made in Gaza, GAZA GHETTO (1984) highlights the historical precedents that caused the intifada and continue at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Gaza Ghetto shows the impact of decades of war on the family life of Abu el-Adel. Intimate scenes of daily life (a child born, a grandmother dies) in Jabalia, the largest Palestinian refugee camp, are intercut with visits to the architects of the Israeli military occupation. Ariel Sharon, Benyamin Beneliezar and soldiers on patrol candidly discuss their responsibilities. Spend 82 minutes with Abu el-Adel and his grandchildren and you will understand how the roots of the Palestine-Israel conflict influence today's harsh realities and dreams of peace, justice and stability.

quoteThe best historical view of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip that's ever been put on film. An almost uncanny relevance to current events.
Garay Menicucci, Assistant Director
Center for Middle East Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara

quoteGAZA GHETTO is one of the most stimulating pieces of film journalism that I have ever seen. These are the images that we need to see to make sense of the problem, to humanize it, to understand it, and to come to terms with it.
Robert Lange, Professor, Brandeis University
Campaign for Peace with Justice in the Middle East

quoteBeautifully produced and evocative documentary. This powerful film must be seen by all those concerned about Palestinian human rights.
Audrey Shabbas
Teachers Resource Guide to Materials on the Arab World

quoteOf tremendous importance in understanding and appreciating the complexity of a cultural tragedy whose dimensions extend far beyond its primary geographical boundaries.
Mary Beth Crain
L.A. Weekly


  • Grand Prize, Golden Lion, Festival dei Popoli
  • Red Ribbon, American Film Festival
  • Special Merit, Athens International Festival
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival
  • Film Forum Theater, NYC, theatrical run
Gaza Ghetto: Portrait of a Palestinian Family

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