The Palestinian freedom-of-movement issue takes centre stage.
DIRECTED BY NAHED AWWAD (Palestinian Territory/United Arab Emirates/Switzerland, World Showcase)
Tuesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.
ROM Theatre (100 Queen’s Park)
Thursday, May 2, 3:30 p.m.
Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond Street West)
Friday, May 3, 6:30 p.m.
Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue)
By following the lives of two families kept apart by official borders and boundaries, Gaza Calling captures the depth of the struggle between Palestinians and Israelis. The physical divide may be relatively narrow (the drive from Gaza to the West Bank is only one hour), but the symbolic gap is cavernous. The film provides a peek into the bureaucratic regimes of the territory, and the way lines are drawn, and how quickly they change.
The pain director Nahed Awwad captures is visceral. The anguish of mothers and children kept apart comes alive on the screen, making this a compelling, heart-wrenching, and thought-provoking film. While these stories provide just a glimpse into the daily struggles of people living within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they remind viewers that sectarian strife is a daily reality for a huge number of people.