GAZA takes us to a unique place beyond the reach of television news reports to reveal a world rich with eloquent and resilient characters, offering us a cinematic and enriching portrait of a people attempting to lead meaningful lives against the rubble of perennial conflict.
Official Selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival
"the film has real value as a compassionate human document, in showing ordinary people who courageously have to keep going somehow, in the grimmest of conditions, in a world where, as someone puts it, there is a “wall between the people of Gaza and life itself” - The Guardian
"It’s the sea that’s actually the dominant feature of Gaza and of the documentary, a pervasive source of hope and sadness, a reminder of a source of food and industry and freedom that many residents are old enough to still remember." - The Hollywood Reporter
"in Gaza the film, the story belongs to the people who live there. And that in itself is a step forward. " - Screen Daily
About the filmmaker
In 1992, after studying film at the London College of Communication and the Irish National Film School, he worked as a director of photography in New York and London, before finally settling in Ireland, where he has been a documentary filmmaker for the last 25 years. In that time Garry has directed over 100 hours of TV documentaries for European and American broadcasters in over 20 countries worldwide. In 2011, he set up Real Films and since then Keane’s documentaries have been nominated for 11 Irish Film & Television Academy Awards; of these, his films have won four, including two in the Best Director: TV category in 2013 and 2018.
Andrew McConnell is an award-winning photographer who has been covering world events for over 15 years. His work often focuses on themes of conflict and displacement and has appeared in many of the world’s top publications. Andrew has worked in-depth on issues such as the Syrian refugee crisis, conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the forgotten Sahrawi people of Western Sahara, for which he was awarded first place at the World Press Photo Awards.
Based in Beirut, Andrew has worked throughout the Middle East for the past 8 years. GAZA is his first work as a filmmaker and follows on from his photographic projects in the besieged territory that began in 2010.
Among numerous honours, Andrew has won two 1st place prizes at the World Press Photo Awards, 4 National Press Photographers Associations Awards, including the prestigious Best of Show, 1st place in the Pictures of the Year International and 2 Sony World Photography Awards.