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Death in Gaza

James Miller , Saira Shah , James Miller    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Death In Gaza is the tale of a twisted world where the greatest glory is to die a martyr, and of the filmmaker who becomes part of the story he sets out to tell. This poignant and powerful documentary takes a shocking, first-hand look at the culture of hate that permeates the West Bank and Gaza, and which continues to escalate the perennial violence pitting Palestinians against Israelis. Starting out in the city of Nablus (where as many as 80 percent of suicide bombing plots are planned), Emmy®-winning filmmaker James Miller follows reporter Saira Shah as she attempts to unravel the cycle of violence. Traveling to Gaza they meet three Palestinian children - two 12-year-old boys and a 16-year-old girl - who have grown up trapped between the Israeli army and Palestinian militants as their world crumbles around them. The film ends on a day like many other days in this region - with death - except that on this day, the fallen victim is renowned filmmaker James Miller, who is shot dead by an Israeli soldier in the Gaza Strip.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Martyrdom makes many promises ..." Oct. 31 2006
British filmmaker James Miller traveled to Palestine in 2003 to make a documentary about the affect of violence on the lives of Palestinian children. He also planned to make a companion film about Israeli children. Tragically, Miller was shot and killed by Israeli forces in Rafah while making his documentary. Consequently, the film's focus was diverted from its initial purpose. What remains is a film that is partially a tribute to the bravery and commitment of Miller, and partially a story about the poisoned lives of children growing up in Palestine.

The camera captures the atmosphere of the streets. Walls are covered with posters of militants and those killed in the conflict. When the sun sets, there's an unearthly scene as the street vendors disappear and then "paramilitaries come out at night using the dead to recruit more militants." Of course, those recruited are usually young males--some still in childhood. In one horrific scene, Saira Shah--also the film's narrator--is brave enough to interview some hooded Palestinian paramilitaries who are grooming Ahmed, a young boy to join their ranks. The paramilitaries play games with the boy and the games slide into teaching him how to hold a rocket grenade launcher. When Shah asks if it is moral to recruit young children to be terrorists, the hooded paramilitary member strokes the boy's head and chillingly responds, "don't worry about responsibility, sister, we're men, when we say goodbye to Ahmed, there are 1000s more like him."

The film shows quite clearly that children on the streets of Palestine are well aware of imminent death and that their lives are irrevocably altered by their day-to-day existence--it is common for children to write letters to their families in case they are killed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Overwhelming Shock April 20 2006
This is my first time watching such a excellent documentary.I've never experienced a real war in my life cause I live in a peaceful country having no sence of blood and bullets.I can not image how the life of children in Gaza.The war is always around them,death of friends and relatives have make their nerves become numbly.Their minds are full of fury.Even games they play show us thier desire of being a martyr.
This is a movie for awake all the people who living in the peace,no body colud miss it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Movie I Appreciate April 20 2006
The movie "Death in Gaza" shocked everyone. Even if we always hear about the news about the conflict in Mid-East throuth various media, we still cannot feel how barbarous the war and people are like until we watch the movie. When I saw people dying or injuring during the conflicts on TV before, I just shook my head and feel sympathized with them. These days, however, I always think about it. It is easy for me to relate the real scene appearing in the movie...
The conflicts in Gaza is a problem for us to solve.
We are all humans, not the watchers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Watch and learn July 15 2009
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*Death in Gaza* is an excellent documentary for anyone wanting to get a glimpse inside the lives of those stone-throwing Palestinian boys frequently featured in television news footage. When stones are all the weapons you have against Israeli tanks and bulldozers, and when throwing them can get you either shot or sentenced to hard time in an Israeli jail, you need a philosophy that can make sense of your life under brutal military occupation. These boys have one -- and it's not all that different from the Israeli notion that "it is better to die with a weapon in your hand" than without one.

The film focuses primarily on two twelve-year-olds, Mohammed and Ahmed (and secondarily on a 16-year-old girl, Najla). The dreams and hopes of these boys do not seem all that different from those of our own kids, but Palestinian youngsters also know that they will have no chance of fulfilling those dreams without an end to the occupation. So they dedicate themselves to it, dealing with their considerable fear by drawing strength from their Islamic faith and their strong bond of friendship with each other, preparing themselves for the future and jihad. But given the astonishing number of Palestinian children already slaughtered by Israeli troops, the boys find it even more crucial to cleave to their community's conviction that death by occupation does not create victims but rather, martyrs to the heroic cause of Palestinian liberation. How else to shore up the battered psyche against the gratuitous and unpredictable acts of violence perpetrated against them?

The setting of this film is the desolate refugee camp at Rafah, where we get a brief glimpse of the dark side of the Palestinian resistance -- one that is sure to please a Zionist or otherwise Islamophobic audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Palestinian Children April 20 2006
Death in Gaza is a pretty valuable document in the history of human beings.The movie shows us an actual conflict between Palestine and Israel and the journalist(James) was dead when they just almost finish this document.I was so sad to see these violence still happen when I have the peace time now.Especially ,for those Palestinian children.From the movie,I noticed so many kids didn't want the killing all the time.Although they have to endure their family be killed or lost their friend,they already numbed.War makes them produce hate but they don't scare,they will battle.Ahmed,the protagonist of the movie,a Palestinian little boy,as common as a 10 years old boy.However,this little body has a huge power of fight.He hoped to be a martyr for his country.When I finish the movie,I was think about those kids.I couldn't even understand how they live in Gaza.I just can pray for them,pray for the peace world would coming soon!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Small Ideas
The writer used the perspective of Palestinian children to display the scenes under the destruction by Israel. Read more
Published on April 25 2006 by Kelly Fan
3.0 out of 5 stars What is Tomorrow in Gaza
Before I watch the film I just know little bit things of Gaza. I know it just because it was famous in war. Read more
Published on April 20 2006 by Wang Walt
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Killing children, filmmaker.....
they are not soldiers, but through this film I see that this war is not only against the country, but also against the children, women. Read more
Published on April 20 2006 by serein1313
3.0 out of 5 stars A Gloom Movie...
This movie isn't that violent and astounding ¡ª when I first saw the cover, I thought that the content would be quite bloody. Read more
Published on April 20 2006 by Brian Yin
5.0 out of 5 stars Inhuman-Israeli
Personally, this is a very good documental movie, it directly shows us how the Palestine and Palestine children lives under the conflict. Lifes to them are unjust. Read more
Published on April 20 2006 by carterli
4.0 out of 5 stars The hope
I didn't know anything about Palestine until I saw this movie.It's a really good movie about Palestine's chindren. Read more
Published on April 20 2006 by Xiang Li
5.0 out of 5 stars Never stop bleeding!
It makes me surprised.I can¡¯t believe children who are younger than us live in that kind of world. The city they lived just like a ruin. Read more
Published on April 20 2006 by Summer Ma
4.0 out of 5 stars That place won't have a peace in next 60-years.
This is the opinion from Frank in D-Block. I knew some news from Isreal and Palestine, but before watching this DVD, I thought that is OK there. Read more
Published on April 20 2006 by WZAGLM
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