26th November - A Very Hot Summer & Ambulance
7:00PM - SALT LECTURE THEATRE, soas university, BLOOMSBURY, WC1H 0XG
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A Very Hot Summer (dir. Areej Abu Eid, 16 mins)
The film is based on the personal experience of the filmmaker during the Gaza war of 2014.
“It's Ramadan…a very hot summer…with no electricity and no fan…We thought it would be like the 1st and 2nd wars, but this one is different! It’s madness all day and all night long... We sleep a little here and there when the shelling stops…It is unbearably hot, as if hell opened its doors. Heat, fires and death...The sky is crimson red all night long as if with fireworks, like a scene from a horror movie but we are in it…”
Ambulance (dir. Mohamad Jabaly, 80 mins)
Ambulance is a first-person account of the 2014 war in Gaza. Mohamed Jabaly, a young journalist from Gaza City on assignment to document procedures in the local hospital operation theatre, embeds himself with an ambulance crew. On his first day, war breaks out. We experience the war through Mohamed’s eyes as he comes of age among broken bodies, terrified families, and the constant risk of sudden death. In response to the dark chaos of war, Mohamed learns to rely on his captain and crew-mates, who in turn support Mohamed to make a film that expresses both the trauma and hope of the too-often invisible citizens of Gaza. With them, we witness the crushing loss and destruction. Ambulance is a gripping example of frontline, participatory documentary filmmaking, exposing the fear and violence that overtook the Strip in July 2014.
This screening of Ambulance is co-hosted by Medical Aid for Palestinians.
Please note that this is a FREE event and is therefore not ticketed. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.