VIDEO: the images and sounds of Gaza’s vibrant subculture in “Not a dreamland”

The Electronic Intifada is proud to present “Not a dreamland”: artists and alternative subcultures in Gaza. This multimedia feature combines videos, stills and sounds collected in February 2012 by Anne Paq of the ActiveStills ( photography collective, exploring vibrant subcultures in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip.

This short, produced by ActiveStills, features both established artists and performers such as the hip-hop group Palestinian Unit, unconventional filmmaker brothers Arab and Tarzan, painters from the art collective iltika, break dancers from Camps Breakerz as well as less-known youth who experiment with parkour, beat box, break dancing and roller skating. Interview extracts and striking images give context to the conditions under which these artists create, giving vivid insight into a vibrant side of Gaza that is rarely shown.

Videos and stills: Anne Paq/ActiveStills
Concept and video and photo editing: Keren Manor/ActiveStills
Sound editing: Miri Schickler/Daniela Freund
Produced with support from The Electronic Intifada