Monday, February 16, 2015

This film makes anyone want to shed TEARS OF GAZA

Vibeke Løkkeberg's documentary TEARS OF GAZA is a film that bears a powerful witness to Operation Cast Lead and spares no punches by making clear this bombing was not a war as much as a brutal campaign of murderous terror reigned down on defenseless families by the IDF.  Everything is brought to bear here and not one image in this film bears any sign of self-censorship or an effort to not show what is happening.  There are clear and candid images showing white phosphorus and bullet holes in the dead bodies of toddlers.  The interviewees of the film, a selection of several small children, exhibit the kind of feelings and reactions that are more common in post-traumatic veterans as opposed to the gaiety and innocence to be expected.
The film is composed of both original and found footage.  This makes the film much more of a testament and also prevents anti-Palestinian critics from suggesting the entirety of the proceedings were staged or featuring actors manipulated by the directors.  In fact, Løkkeberg herself was not even present in Gaza during the siege, all the footage of carnage was shot by news organizations.
What is extremely clear at the end of the proceedings is both the depravity of the military and the bottomless faith of the victims.  Despite the undeniable violence, the people of Gaza emerge as the most durable people on the face of the earth.  Even in the midst of literal infanticide, they cry out "Allāhu Akbar", constantly acknowledging not only that they remain true to their faith but also that they understand clearly that this is a challenge they believe Allah has given them to test their faith.

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