"Obliterated Families" Gaza screening & panel with Ala Qandil & Michal Grosz


Reporter Ala Qandil and filmmaker MichałGrosz tell the stories of ten Palestinian families whose lives were shattered in the 2014 Israeli bombardment of Gaza.

The last war on Gaza continues to concern world citizens, resulting in new books and documentaries studying what happened there in 2014. On Thursday, May 4th, 7:00 pm, The Markaz co-presents a documentary screening and discussion with Ala Qandil and Michal Grosz in the series Progressive Conversations on Israel/Palestine and US Middle East Foreign Policy, cosponsored by LA Jews for Peace. Suggested donation $10, $5 students. This program takes place at the Workmen's Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., LA 90035. Street parking (watch neighborhood signs). The "Obliterated Families" tour is organized by the American Friends Service Committee (afsc.org). This program is cosponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace-LA.

Numbers have often been used to describe the Israeli offensive on Gaza: 51 (days), 2,200 (dead Palestinians including 551 children), 11,000 (injured), 100,000 (homeless), and a half-million (displaced).  But the statistics do not reflect the loss of a loved one, the bombing of a home, or the fear or the trauma that comes after a ceasefire. We focused on 142 – the number of families who lost three or more members, and turned it into an intimate tale of sudden loss, pain, and life in the aftermath. 

Ala Qandil and Anne Paq reported from the Gaza Strip during the 2014 Israeli bombardment and for the two following years to document the struggles of life.  The documentary they created focuses on the stories of ten families, although the two reporters met and documented the fate of more than fifty families.  They created a multimedia website integrating texts, photos, and videos, that was published in July 2016, on the second anniversary of the Israeli offensive.

Qandil and Paq were joined by researcher and filmmaker Michał Grosz in producing the website and other materials. The project outgrew the virtual space and now includes a book and a photo exhibition – the photo exhibition will be displayed, and the book will be sold at the May 4 event at the Workmen’s Circle.

Ilan Pappé commented about “Obliterated Families”:

“Quite often our ability to grasp the enormity of a human tragedy gets lost in numbers. When victims appear only as numbers, it dehumanizes them and their suffering will linger on with us for too long. This moving project does not allow such a dehumanization and neglect. The loss of houses as a centre of life shattered Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip in this century. Targeted by the lethal force of the Israeli army, their ongoing suffering is documented here in a way that would compel any decent person not to remain indifferent in the face of this travesty. This is in short a timely, moving and urgent project of humanization and solidarity.” 

  • May 04, 2017 at 7pm – 9pm
  • Workman's Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., LA 90035
  • 25 people are going
  • Jeff Warner

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