Born in Gaza
Palestine, 2014, 74 minutes, SD
Born in Gaza Synopsis

Filmed during the 2014 siege of Gaza, which left 507 children dead and 3,598 wounded, ’Born in Gaza’ follows a group of young children growing up in a war zone.


’We were eight kids on the beach. We came to play football’ states Hamada, 13. Then the shelling started. Four boys, all aged between nine and eleven, were killed. Motasem, 11, and Hamada were wounded. ’I may need to go abroad for surgery’ states Motasem. ’I have shrapnel in my back, hands and legs’. But worse than the physical injuries are the psychological ones. ’I tell my mom every day I want to die,’ confides Motasem. ’A few days ago, I tried to jump from the balcony but my sister held me.’


Another of the children wounded during the siege was six year old Bisan. Her house was bombed, killing her parents and leaving her badly burned. Now she needs to go abroad for surgery. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Bisan finds it increasingly difficult to communicate. ’She does not talk to us about what happened,’ states one of her friends. ’If anyone asks, she gets mad.’


Udai, nine, and Rajaf, 13, are also struggling to cope with the deaths of relatives. Udai saw his older brother blown to pieces by a bomb. ’The largest piece of him left was this size’, he says, making a small gesture with his hands. Rajaf’s father was one of the six ambulance drivers and 13 paramedics killed rescuing people during the offensive. ’We never thought he would be bombed in the ambulance’.


’The situation is really complicated. We have a war every two years’, states 13 year old Mohamed. ’I often think about our situation and I never see the end.’ It’s estimated that 400,000 children in Gaza are in desperate need of psychological help. And the violence seems self-perpetuating. Traumatized by what happened on the beach that day, Hamada dreams of revenge. ’I want to join the resistance and make justice for my cousins.’

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Reviewed by jeteli
Watching the documentary and seeing only through the screen the actual bombings and the mangled bodies gave me chills, what more would it be for the children and people who... more
Watching the documentary and seeing only through the screen the actual bombings and the mangled bodies gave me chills, what more would it be for the children and people who were actually there and experienced it!  Such havoc, such loss of lives and property! This is a stark retelling of the horrendous result of war in Gaza by Spanish director Hernan Zin. What makes the film more compelling was the fact that the stories are told through the vantage point of children who were survivors of bombing attacks.  There is deep anguish in their eyes that viewers cannot fathom,an anguish that only a survivor can deeply feel. What is thoroughly disturbing was the tone of the words that they speak,  it speaks of revenge. As the kid Rajaf said,  he would like to join the resistance to seek justice for his father who died in the bombings.  A very sad and grim reality and so much adverse effects, as only wars can do.  Eye-opening, horrifying, heart-wrenching! 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
So heartbreaking to see the countless lifeless bodies and the collateral damage done by war to Gaza.  Children are the most affected and the most powerless ones in times like... more
So heartbreaking to see the countless lifeless bodies and the collateral damage done by war to Gaza.  Children are the most affected and the most powerless ones in times like these to think that horrible events like these shouldn't be witnessed by them. The terrible psychological trauma is the hardest to handle for the children and it will take a long long time before the children can actually forget the pain and trauma. So many lost lives, so much tragedy going on. This is a documentary that will tug at our hearts and open our minds to the grim truth that's been happening at countries and places like Gaza. 
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Reviewed by ronaldgonzales
Born in Gaza left me with a heavy chest as if pierced by the shrapnel of a bomb. The eyes of the children were filled with sadness, fear, and confusion.... more
Born in Gaza left me with a heavy chest as if pierced by the shrapnel of a bomb. The eyes of the children were filled with sadness, fear, and confusion. How can this happen to us? Why? The movie shows the sorrow in the eyes of the survivors, many of them needing not only medical attention but more so, psychological attention. Many needed to go abroad for surgery. 507 children dead and thousand destined to live mangled psychological lives. War eradicates the weak, and who else are weakest but the children.
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