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Children of Gaza tell their stories of war and siege. 33 monologues performed and filmed in New York by global cast of young actors.
Children of Gaza tell their stories of war and siege. 33 monologues performed and filmed in New York by global cast of young actors.
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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.

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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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    The full script of the Gaza Mono-Logues. 33 humorous, often painful but always beautifrul short stories written by young people in Gaza who endured and survived the 2008-2009 invasion and bombing. Delivered via e-mail

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    The Gaza Crisis DVD -
    On January 13th, 2009, an emergency town hall meeting was convened at the New York City Society for Ethical Culture to discuss the tragedy unfolding in Gaza. Over 500 people packed the hall to listen, and plan actions to stop the attacks. Speakers: Andy Zee, Abdeen Jabara, Adam Shapiro, Chris Hedges, Peter Weiss, Vanessa Redgrave, Najla Said, Cynthia McKinny.

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    Shocking and Awful - Deep Dish TVs award winning 3 disc 12 part series on the Iraq war.The 12 programs explore the motives behind the war, its impact on the cultural and artistic institutions of Iraq, its impact on U.S. soldiers and the response of artists and activists who in their millions opposed the war. Over 100 producers, videographers, artists, musicians and editors participated in the creation of this series.

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    Imperial Geography - Israel / Palestine DVD + all of the above.

    Palestine. The home of three of the world' great religions. A crossroads of civilization. A land bridge spanning three continents. There are few places on earth where geography is so central to understanding the current conflict. To grasp the complexities of the struggle between Arabs and Jews in the region, we need to know the maps. But there is a great lack of general knowledge about the shape and contour of the contested area. The main stream media generally do not provide maps and when they do they leave out critical information. The media often say that the clash between the Palestinians and the Jews is "as old as the hills." This is a fabrication. The conflict is really less than a century old and really develops with clarity after World War I. The role of the Great Powers, especially Britain and France in engineering the current situation is the focus of this program.

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    The Russell Tribunal on Palestine - New York Session - DVD + all of the above. Tribunal members include: Alice Walker, Roger Waters, John Dugard, Stephan Hessel, Dennis Banks, Angela Davis, Michael Mansfield, José Antonio Martin Pallin, Ronald Kasrils, Cynthia McKinney and Miguel Angel Estrella.

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    The Gaza Mono-Logues DVD + all of the above

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    Where Should The Birds Fly DVD - Fida Qishta's powerful film of 2 young women in Gaza during and in the months following the Israeli invasion. + all of the above.

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