We All Live in Gaza


We All Live in Gaza
Feature length documentary for international distribution

Through the eyes of the women, men and children of the besieged territory We All Live in Gaza tells the story of what has happened historically and what is happening today inside Gaza.  The project seeks answers why the siege is continuing unabated, and most critically explores the issues of how a just resolution can be found.
Evolving around the North Gaza community of Izbet Abed Rabbo the story features farmer Mohammed Obied and his family.  They are caught in the middle of a geopolitical conflict over which they have little to no control.  And their story is tragically real.

​In one day during the Israeli invasion of the territory in 2008/09 the family lost everything;  home, farm, livestock, both Mohammed's parents were killed.  Today the family's situation, along with the entire population of the Gaza Strip is the most severe it has ever been.  Mohammed simply and directly asks.  “Why did they do this?  Why did they bulldoze my home, slaughter my cattle, destroy our barn, gun down my parents…..we are peaceful farmers."
Our feature documentary, We All Live in Gaza is a response to his personal call for answers.  It is designed as a journalistically vigorous investigation that will be built on two parallel tracks; inside the Gaza Strip and outside the Gaza Strip.
The Story
We first met Mohammed in January 2009.  He and his family were left adrift after the complete destruction of their North Gaza farming village, Izbet Abed Rabbo.  In the attack the family lost everything….the community was completely leveled. Not one building was left intact….
His story was first documented days after the incursion by a crew from the Gaza based video production company, The Media Group, owned by Atif Eissa and managed by his son Rami. They are both integrally involved in the on-going production of our documentary project.  
Beginning in the summer of 2009 our documentary team continued to follow Mohammed’s story with additional production trips in 2011 and 2013 and updates produced by The Media Group. During our last production visit, in a long interview Mohammed quietly asked again, "Why did this happen?"  The question is simple.  The answer is intensely complex. Our project is a quest to find answers for Mohammed.  

Because of the siege and blockade Mohammed is forbidden from leaving the territory. Thus we have become his surrogate "outside" Gaza, to ask his questions to the political and military personnel he wishes he could address face-to-face.   
And while "inside" our goal is to chronicle the on-going story to rebuild; a story that encompasses all the emotional, economic and political issues of Gaza's reconstruction.   Why is so little construction material being allowed to enter the territory?  What effect is the slow pace of rebuilding having on the mental health of the residents.  How long can this current stagnated state of affairs continue before another major confrontation engulfs the region?
Although the investigation may very well take unexpected turns, we are shaping the direction of our inquiry and building  a production design that is the foundation of our story. 

Outside Gaza we are investigating the story of January 2009 through eyewitness accounts and testimonies of the events in Izbet Abed Rabbo from Israeli military and political sources, as well as from the many international human rights organizations who have investigated the issues at hand. 
We are researching and framing the social and political histories of Israel and Palestine in order to put today’s situation into historical and contemporary context.  We are researching and documenting the role of the United States, the United Nations and other concerned nations and institutions in finding resolution to the conflict.  
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Inside Gaza we have been documenting the on-going effect of the siege on the population.   We have been assembling the knowledge base to articulate the policies of the Hamas government of Gaza and the many military militias who shape the policies and social practices inside the
territory;  policies that are critical components of the story.
The Audience
We All Live in Gaza is designed for an international audience, an audience who wants to cut through the rhetoric that so pervades the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.  By identifying with specific familes and individuals the goal is to reach an audience that will become fully engaged with the issues at hand and leave the project with a much broader base of knowledge on which to make form judgements.

Through the use of the three complementary meida components, audiences will be introduced to the issues through a theatrical screening, community event, broadcast or by visiting the traveling arts installation. They can then follow the story online as our web series rolls out and this web site expands with more news and information from Palestine.   Stay tuned.
Mohammed's wife and children
January 2009