Tears of Gaza (2012)
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Critic Reviews for Tears of Gaza
This documentary's goals are noble ones, but its execution is something else again.
A brutally uncompromising blast of outrage, Vibeke Lokkeberg's "Tears of Gaza" is less a documentary than a collage of suffering.
The cameras linger on the faces of children as they tell their stories, unaffected and open.
Løkkeberg steers clear of the politics of the Gaza War, correctly seeing them as beside the point.
Audience Reviews for Tears of Gaza
Definitely not for the squeamish, "Tears of Gaza" is a visceral documentary look at the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip in 2008 and 2009 that left thousands dead and injured. While I admire the documentary for bringing this human rights crisis to the attention of the outside world, that does not mean I do not have my share of qualms. That starts with the documentary failing to do an adequate job of capturing daily life in the state of siege in the occupied territory, with highly suspect editing being a main culprit.(For example, I would have loved a look inside one of the famed smugglers' tunnels.) Since this documentary is as subtle as some of the explosions, it should come as no surprise that it is interested in pushing as many emotional buttons as it can find. So much so, that it might even qualify as 'tragedy porn,' to borrow an episode title from the smart, witty and wise "The Newsroom." The problem here arises from focusing mainly on the harm done to children, as it suffers from 'child worship syndrome,' to quote Bill Hicks. That's not to mention the lack of context, without which one cannot speak to motive.
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