For over forty years, the Gaza Strip has been occupied by Israel. After the 2007 declaration of the Strip as an “enemy entity,” the 1.5 million people inside have suffered immensely, with Israel banning foreign aid and most of all, their basic autonomy.
In an effort to communicate what was happening on the inside, a group of international volunteers, members of the International Solidarity Movement, went to the strip to cover and witness the military operation called “Cast Lead” –the military offensive of Israel against the Gaza Strip- in order to gain an inside-look on the conflict. After the bombings started on 27 December 2008, the volunteers documented and communicated all that was happening at the time, becoming the only foreigners to relay information from the Strip.
The film, ‘To Shoot an Elephant’ was created by Alberto Arce and Mohammad Rujailah, two witnesses part of the international volunteers. The film offers a rare, eye-witness account of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over a span of 21 days. The film does not claim to be unbiased, but only hopes to show a true account of what took place.
This documentary will be showing in London by the “Victory to the Infitada” group, whose aim is to isolate the Israeli state, oppose British support for Israel, and encourage support for Palestine. The screening is part of the celebration, “10 Years of Intifada!”
Information: Wednesday 29 September 2010 at 7:00 PM. The event will take place at The Compass, 58 Penton Street, London N1 9PZ. Entry to this event is free.
To find out more about the documentary visit http://toshootanelephant.com/.
To find out more about the Victory to the Infitada group visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victory-to-the-Intifada/199483325004?v=wall.