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City Life - Gaza Under Siege

City Life - Gaza Under Siege

One of the most densely populated places on earth, the Gaza Strip, is home to a million Palestinians — and is a virtual prison. Just forty-three kilometers long and ten kilometers wide, most of its residents are refugees who have lived in camps since 1948. Since the Palestinian uprising — the second Intifada — began in September 2000, none of Gaza's forty thousand day laborers have been able to cross the border to Israel. The checkpoint is also closed to all goods and medical supplies coming in from Israel and the West Bank. Local Gazans bear the brunt of Israel's determination to quash the uprising.

This program from the City Life series films Reyidh and Sabah — from just one refugee family trying to cope. Already poor, the family has reached breaking point, with Sabah wondering how long life can go on with no solution in sight.

Raji Soranj, a human rights lawyer, asks why the United Nations shies away from its responsibilities and fails to criticize Israel's aggression and the denial of the Palestinians' rights — rights laid down in UN resolutions, but ignored by Israel, and it seems, by the rest of the international community.

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Main credits

Stewart, Charles (film director)
Tatham, Di (film producer)
Sutton, Lee (editor of moving image work)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Briers, Lucy (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Lee Sutton; series producer, Luke Gawin; series editor, Jenny Richards.

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Distributor subjects

At-risk Youth
Conflict Resolution
Developing World
Global Issues
Human Rights
International Studies
Islamic Studies
Middle Eastern Studies
Social Justice
War and Peace


Gaza, West Bank, Palestinians, Israel, Intifada, human rights; "Gaza Under Siege"; Bullfrog Films