In the first documentary film made in Gaza, Gaza Ghetto (1984) highlights the historical precedents that fuel the current cycles of violence and continue at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Intimate scenes of family 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 the Abu el-Adel family and you will understand how the roots of the Palestine-Israel conflict influence today's harsh realities and dreams of peace, justice and stability.

“Of tremendous importance in understanding and appreciating the complexity of a cultural tragedy…”

Mary Beth Crain, LA Weekly


“The 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, Director, International Student Services, Santa Clara University