Sunday, March 18, 2012
James Longley's Gaza Strip (2002) puts the viewer on the streets during a tense time in Gaza. Longley's sensitive camerawork relays sequences of violence and weariness. He shows the sadness when one boy dies from a mine, for example, as well as some startling physical reactions to toxic gas. Longley records the results of bulldozing and shelling by Israeli forces, hearing from people in hospitals and homes. Because there's no voice-over narration, the film doesn't feel dated.