Portsmouth-based film-maker Tom Jackson has completed a new documentary, “Eyewitness Gaza,” which depicts life in Gaza through the photography of Skip Schiel. The film will have its New Hampshire debut in Dover.
Between 2004 and 2010 Skip Schiel visited Gaza five times, shortly before and after Operation Cast Lead, the vicious Israeli assault on a virtually defenseless people trapped in the Strip and under siege since 2006. Because Israel justifies its ongoing attacks by citing the rockets fired by Gazan militants into Israeli civilian areas (Schiel opposes any attacks on civilians, and generally any use of violence by any party for any reason, an element of his Quaker and Christian belief), Schiel visited one of those towns, Sderot. During two recent trips he has gained first-hand experience of life among Israelis, assessed trauma, and supported Israelis who contest some Israeli policies.
Directed by Tom Jackson of Joe Public Films, the 60 minute movie strives to open eyes and hearts to the reality of life in occupied Palestine. We dedicate our movie to the youth of Gaza, infancy to young adulthood, in hopes that they will soon experience peace with justice, freedom, and the reality of "All we want is to be ordinary," in the words of Mahmoud Darwish.