Gaza Ghetto: Portrait of a Palestinian Family

The first documentary film produced in Gaza Strip
PeA Holmquist
Pierre Bjorklund
Year Released
Film Length(s)
82 mins
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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 Palestine-Israel 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.

Featured review

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

Awards and Screenings

Gold Lion (Grand Prize) Festival dei Popoli
Special Merit, Athens International Film Festival
Finalist: Mannheim, Berlin, Florence, Chicago, Cairo, Jerusalem International Festivals

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Film Features

  • Subtitles

Subtitle/Caption Languages

  • English

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