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Film Series : The 18th Annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival

Killing Gaza

2018, Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen, USA, 97 min.

Show Times

  • Wed, Apr 24th 8:00pm

Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza, a 51-day siege that reduced a heavily populated region to rubble, is seen from the perspective of residents who survived the ordeal, making this documentary a searing piece of living testimony. Missiles and artillery pound Gaza City as far as the eye can see in the film’s opening sequences, in which blocks of low-rise homes, high-rise towers, and commercial properties are blown up with a relentlessness that becomes surreal in its pounding repetition. Over a period of months, filmmakers Blumenthal and Cohen return to the area to chart the progress of residents coming to grips with the devastation. Stories range from the shocked account of a man who returned to his decimated home to find six bound and gagged corpses in his shattered bathroom, to the defiant father of a murdered son, who declares. “Even if the rocks are all that’s left, we won’t surrender.” In English.

Preceded by SALAM (2018, Claire Fowler, USA/UK, 15 min.). Both in DCP digital. (BS)