"I was born by the sea, I will stay by the sea and I will die by the sea!"
The words come from Ahmad Jamal al Aqraa. He is 14 years old and dreams of becoming a fisherman, just like his father. But the circumstances are not easy. He comes from al-Shati, one of the major Palestinian refugee camps in the Gaza Strip, and we meet him while he is wearing strong coveralls to stand at sea.
He is the first of a series of human fates in the movie Gaza that panoramicly describes the lives of the nearly two million Palestinians on the narrow strip of land along the Mediterranean. The Israeli blockade has been a hard fact for more than ten years, and for most of the population, distress and misery is a more or less permanent condition.
The dream of freedom
It is gripping to experience how the Palestinians each find clues that can guard against the brutal everyday life. . . .
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