Tears of Gaza is one of those films that needs to exist but isn’t easy to watch. Director Vibeke Løkkeberg has compiled footage of life in Gaza, centering on the December 2008-January 2009 Israeli assault on the territory. The images aren’t for the faint-hearted; the footage is raw and graphic, with close-ups of explosions and bodies pulled from rubble. While there’s no overt political message, the subject matter makes the final product unmistakably pro-Palestinian. Løkkeberg attempts to build the skeleton of a narrative, following the lives of three children in Gaza. But their stories never really develop; in interviews, the children mostly describe how much they’ve lost. Meanwhile, the Israeli military is omnipresent, even when we don’t see it on the screen. Tears of Gaza probably isn’t for everyone, but it’s certainly a conversation-sparker; meanwhile, Keffiyeh-wearing hipsters may want to remind themselves why the West adopted the Palestinian-unity symbol in the first place.
At 8:30 p.m., also on Saturday, April 9 at 9 p.m. Both showings at Goethe-Institut.