Ahead of its Sundance premiere later this month, the first trailer for “Gaza” has been released today via The Hollywood Reporter. The documentary follows the lives of regular citizens in the war-torn strip in hopes of portraying life beyond the headlines.
Directed by Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell, the film depicts the vibrant and tormented land with a focus on the lives affected by constant conflict. In the trailer, the voice of a young woman explains that the world only has one vision of Gaza, and Palestine for that matter, which is limited and limiting. She invites the viewer to look deeper into the humanity of such a misunderstood part of the world.
What follows are a series of engaging shots that provide a taste for what the feature has to offer. Compelling individuals and their insightful experiences include children, taxi drivers, a man who has fathered 40 children, and many more who’ve endured the horrors of war and carry on with determination.
Keane and McConnell set out to capture a layered and lived-in portrait of “Gaza” and its people as we’ve rarely seen them before. Upon the Sundance lineup announcement, the filmmakers shared their excitement about the exposure the festival would provide for the stories of the brave men and women in their documentary.
Still without US distribution, “Gaza” will be in the running for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in the World Documentary competition. View the official trailer here. You can also click here to see a featurette from the filmmakers.