A desolate look at a people living occupation. The film is shocking in many ways. First, if there is a main character, it is a young, but “aged”, boy who talks as if any day will be his last and how he is willing to martyr himself if need be. Second, the lack of any identifiable “figureheads”—unlike many documentaries that have famous-y people in them, this one gets closest when characters discuss Israel politician Ariel Sharon. Third, the daily humiliations that Palestinians must put up with—such as the closing of a major road—are responded to moments of dignified resistance and determination: they walk and drive on the sandy coastline instead, they march in protests (in a land where demonstrations are illegal), and, yes, they throw rocks at heavily armored tanks. Gaza Strip is a clarion call aimed at Americans (one that surely affected me), demanding that we recognize the humanity of the Palestinian people and respect their demands for self-determination and an Israeli withdrawal from their lands. Since the US is Israel’s largest political and economic ally, we can all help them in this cause.
Topics: economic sociology, urban sociology, political sociology