Before that, Nora and Asa chat about the latest revival of the “Labour anti-Semitism crisis” smear campaign in the UK’s general election campaign, and its relationship to an attack by the far-right Jewish Defense League in Canada.
In the opening narration of her film, Abby Martin says: “Gaza is not defined by how it copes with oppression, but by its struggle for freedom.”
Israeli authorities banned Abby and her team from traveling to Gaza to produce the film from the ground.
Undeterred, Abby talks about how she worked with Gaza-based producers, photojournalists and cinematographers who filmed breathtaking footage of the everyday effects of Israel’s occupation and siege, and the weekly protests as part of the Great March of Return.
“When I saw the footage come back … we were stunned by the cinematic brilliance of it,” she tells The Electronic Intifada Podcast.
One of the filmmakers, Moaz Mousa, ran toward the bullets fired by Israeli snipers during the demonstrations. “It’s courage that’s really unmatched, I think, by anyone else that I know in this field of work, and I think that really just speaks to how strong Palestinian journalists are,” Martin explains.
The footage – including searing sequences of the marches, filmed by overhead drones – “puts you inside these protests,” she says, offering a counter to the mainstream narrative about the Palestinian fight for liberation.
You can rent or buy Gaza Fights for Freedom on Vimeo, and watch the trailer below.
Articles we discussed
- JDL Canada thugs attack York students, then cry anti-Semitism (Nora Barrows-Friedman)
- Justifying Israel’s bloodshed in Gaza (Maureen Clare Murphy)
- Why did Israel bomb Gaza? Because it can (Omar Karmi)
Production assistance and music by Sharif Zakout
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