About this project
The Gaza Mono-Logues present 33 personal stories written by children of Gaza who survived the bombs, bullets and bulldozers of Israel's "Operation Cast Lead". The stories are profoundly human, often darkly humorous, painful and truthful. The Gaza-Monologues have been performed in by young actors in over 50 cities in 36 countries.
The children themselves are forced to remain in the prison of Gaza, innocent victims of this ongoing conflict which steals their life opportunities, dreams and hopes for a better and peaceful future. But this film and the ongoing performances of the Gaza Mono-Logues enable all of us to share their hopes and humor, the tragedy and beauty of their young lives.
HELP US SPRINT TO THE FINISH LINE!
With the amazing generosity of so many people we have reached our minimum goal and are assured of receiving the funds. $5,000 was a target we were a bit nervous about setting yet thought we could realistically reach. But with more support we can do a lot more to distribute the remarkable performances of the stories. Please continue to donate so that we can effectively amplify these voices of the children of Gaza.
The Astar Theater in Ramallah, the West Bank worked with the children of Gaza to create and perform these stories. They collaborated with theater groups throughout the world to stage performances in 50 cities in 36 countries. Over 1500 young actors participated.
Deep Dish TV collaborated with The Ashtar Theater to film the New York performances. We are now raising the funds to edit and distribute the film. Young actors from 22 countries, each speaking one of the monologues in their own language, bring these stories to life. The first performance was at the famed LaMama Theater, then two performances at the United Nations.
Please donate generously to the production and distribution of the film version of these compelling stories.
There is so much violence and horror in the world it seems that of necessity we become immune. 58 die from car bombs here, 1000 civilians killed by a military there. And Palestine? The Israeli attack on Gaza in December 2008-January 2009 resulted in at least 1380 dead, 431 of them children. 5380 wounded, 1872 children. An estimated 100,000 people were newly displaced. Houses, schools, hospitals, places of worship and cultural centers were destroyed. Statistics. But behind the statistics are human lives.
For 27 years Deep Dish TV has produced and distributed grassroots films that not only recount the ills and evils of the world, but reveal the the persistence and generosity of the human spirit, the forging of creative communities. We have put particular focus on the Middle East. Our films, offered as as rewards for your support, are all collaborative creations in this tradition.
Please donate as generously to the production and distribution of this compelling story.
Risks and challenges
Our main challenge has been to complete the edit of the film. In part this is due time taken to complete the production and distribution of another film on Gaza, "Where Should The Birds Fly" by Fida Qishta. But the primary obstacle has been raising adequate funding. A sympathetic film on the life of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation confronts a difficult path to production and distribution in the U.S. In part because of the strong support for Israel here, but also because that conflict seems so unresolvable that people prefer to just turn away from it. However, with our previous documentaries on this and other conflicts we have found a growing audience for films that personalize global and regional conflicts and that enable a human connection between people, connect lives and shared aspirations, films that bring life to political abstractions and put faces to statistics.
For this film Deep Dish TV has beautiful footage of the practice sessions, interviews with the young actors and the performances themselves. A team of 5 videographers and photographers documented the project, co-ordinated by Ron Myrvik an award winning filmmaker with long experience filming social movements and theatrical performances. He will edit the film. Deep Dish TV will distribute Gaza Mono-Logues via its network of satellite and public access TV channels, DVD, screenings, including high schools, college and university campuses, and on the Internet.
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