Aisheen (Still Alive in Gaza)
Genre: Documentary, Family | Director: Nicolas Wadimoff | Language: Arabic, English Subtitles | Length: 86 minutes | Country: Israel, Palestine | Year: 2010 | Rating: NR
Shot a few weeks after the end of Israel’s January 2009 offensive, this sensitively crafted documentary captures the human suffering and devastation wrought on Gaza’s Palestinian residents as they struggle daily to survive. The film is a compelling, impressionistic journey through a devastated Gaza after the war. Clowns trying to make children forget the bombing with balloons and make-up; a beached whale “as big as a building” picked clean in a matter of hours by hungry residents; a scrawny stuffed lion hanging limply in a zoo cage—these surreal scenes convey the absurdity of a nation living on the brink, seemingly forever.
NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.2