Facing the serene Mediterranean Sea, 17-year-old Karma Khaial stands at the water's edge and senses freedom. But in Gaza, the sea is yet another wall restricting the lives and dreams of its inhabitants. This elegantly shot and masterfully crafted portrait of Palestinian life offers a rare chance to be immersed in the heart of Gaza, as we glimpse behind the walls of this misunderstood land to get to know the real people who inhabit it. Inside a Gaza City taxi, we meet a teacher, a student and a barber, who all share their dreams and daily predicaments with the driver, Ahmed, using surprising humor and candor. Ahmed could take them anywhere — except that a decade-old blockade makes it nearly impossible to leave the enclave. Like its people, Gaza's landscape feels kaleidoscopic: colorful yet pained, fragile yet resilient, ancient while looking to the future. Memory plays heavily on its consciousness. But life moves in cycles in Gaza, and, in spite of everything, joy and humanity can be found in every corner of this mosaic of life. (Note adapted from the Sundance Film Festival.) Winner, Dublin Film Critics Award, Best Documentary, 2019 Dublin International Film Festival. DIR/SCR/PROD Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell; PROD Brendan J. Byrne, Paul Cadieux. Ireland/Canada, 2019, color, 92 min. In Arabic with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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