KARAMA-GAZA FILM FESTIVAL

Watch this video clip showing a red carpet rolled out amid rubble in Gaza. The scene is the Karama-Gaza human rights film festival held in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, which saw some of the heaviest fighting and destruction during the 2014 Gaza war.  The following is excerpted from a May 14, 2015 interview with festival organizer Saud Aburamadan, talking about the film festival, the first ever held in Gaza. He spoke with Israeli activist and journalist Avi Blecherman, who posted the full interview on :

The human rights film festival sends a message that Gaza is not just a strip of flattened homes, poverty and militants, as the media tends to portray it. ‘The people of Gaza are human beings, who love life, who seek peace, and who want to go to the movies, to live normal lives. Usually the people walking down the red carpet at a film festival are VIPs. Here, we laid down the 70-meter red carpet on one of the main roads that leads to where we screened the films, a road that has nothing but destroyed homes. We invited all of the residents to walk down the red carpet to the premiere. It was our way of saying that each and every one of them is important.’

Attendees line the red carpet at the Karama Gaza Film Festival in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, May 13, 2015. (Photo by Dan Cohen)

Attendees line the red carpet at the Karama Gaza Film Festival in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, May 13, 2015. (Photo by Dan Cohen)

A film is shown on the screen built out of the wall of a destroyed home at the Karama Gaza Film Festival, Shujaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, May 13, 2015. (Photo by Dan Cohen)

Attendees watch a film at the Karama Gaza Film Festival in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, May 13, 2015. (Photo by Dan Cohen)