One Family in Gaza
In the early morning hour of January 4, 2009, Israeli soldiers attacked the village in Gaza where the family of Kamal and Wafaa Awaajah had their home. When the entire three-week-long assault was over, 1,390 Palestinians had lost their lives. Kamal and Wafaa’s son Ibrahim was one of them. 3,540 homes were destroyed. Thirteen Israelis also died.
In the first segment of this film, Wafaa tells the story of the attack from her vantage point as her children play in the rubble of their destroyed home. On the night of the attack, she put lighted candles in the windows of the house as a signal to the soldiers that people were living there. The attack came anyway. Wafaa was injured in both hips and felt faint. Ibrahim was dead. A soldier turned his gun to Wafaa and the kids but didn’t fire. The siege lasted four days. Their water ran out. Bedouin women came to their aid.
In the second segment, the family is living in tents. The father, Kamal, tells how the family lives without safety and stability. “You can’t remove the fear from the kids,” he says. “How can I provide a sense of safety?” He said he is against violence and war in any form. “I support peaceful ways. I raised my kids for peace and nonviolence. But how can I erase this from their memory?”
When asked what message he would give an Israeli, he said he wouldn’t wish this to happen to him – his son killed. “I don’t want any human to experience that feeling.”
Filmmaker Jen Marlowe said, “Palestinians in Gaza are often depicted either as violent terrorists or as helpless victims. The Awajah family challenges both portrayals. Through one family’s story, the larger tragedy of Gaza is exposed, and the courage and resilience of its people shines through.”
Following the screenings, these panelists will present their views and respond to your questions and comments.
This film is shown in the same program with "Home Front "
- Thursday, September 27, 2012, 6:45 - 9:00 p.m.
- The Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue Rochester NY
- "Home Front" run time: 32 minutes
- "One Family in Gaza" run time: 23 minutes
- Style: documentary
- Language: Arabic with subtitles
- Format: video projection
- Tickets $8 from The Little box office
- Echo screening @ RIT Tuesday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.; no panel
More information is available on the filmmaker's official web site.