From Under The Rubble: A story from Gaza

About the film

We live in a time when women and children have limited protection under international law. Zeinat Samouni and her seven children live with the shocking memory of what happened to their family during Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli military invasion of the Gaza Strip in December 2008-January 2009, that saw their father and four-year-old brother, along with forty-eight other Samouni family members killed and many more injured.

The psychological damage and trauma does not end. It continues on with each ensuing conflict. Zeinat's six year old daughter, Ansam, and her siblings have now lived through three wars. When the bombings begin, Zeinat blocks the windows and tells her children it is only a storm and what they hear is thunder and lightning. 

FROM UNDER THE RUBBLE is Zeinat and her childrens' personal experience of what happened in the week 2-7 January 2009 that the Israel Defence Force (IDF) came to their farming region outside Gaza City to set up base during the military operation "Cast Lead". 

Their story is told through the use of archival footage, footage shot in present-day Gaza and an animation that the Samouni children created as part of their trauma recovery therapy. The documentary juxtaposes the innocent perspective of children with the harsh realities of war. Through their personal story we as filmmakers want to give an insight of the plight of women and children, not just in Gaza, but in conflict zones throughout the world. This story belongs to them all.

The film was produced with the assistance of the South Australian Film Corporation, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, the Awesome Foundation and public contributions through goFundme and the Documentary Australia Foundation.


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