Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

Tears of Gaza (Gazas Tarer)

World Panorama

Vibeke Lokkeberg / Feature Documentary / Norway, Palestine / 2010 / 82 min / Color / 35 mm
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Documentary, Middle Eastern, Politics, War
Qatar Premiere


"Tears of Gaza" is a powerful and emotionally devastating record of the impact of the 2008 - 2009 bombing of Gaza by the Israeli military, as caught by Palestinian cameramen. Directed by Vibeke Lokkeberg, it focuses on the horrific impact of the attacks on civilians, mostly women and children. Coping with everyday life after a traumatic experience, many survivors of the attacks live in makeshift tents or in the rubble of their former homes, without walls or roofs. They scrape by without money, food, water or electricity. Many have lost close family members, while others struggle to raise their seriously injured children. The movie has been referred to by The Hollywood Reporter as "perhaps the ultimate anti-war film," and indeed will leave viewers disturbed and angry.

About the Directors

Vibeke Lokkeberg
Born in Norway, Lokkeberg is an actor, director, screenwriter and author who directed several features, including "The Revelation," "Betrayal," and "Hud," the latter screening in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival, "Tears of Gaza" is Lokkeberg's ninth film.


Vibeke Lokkeberg
Vibeke Lokkeberg
Terje Kristiansen
Svein Olav Sandem, Terje Kristiansen
Director of Photography
Yosuf Abu Shreah, Saed Al Sabaa, Marie Kristiansen
Executive Producer
Terje Kristiansen
Lisa Gerrard, Marcello De Francisci
Lisa Gerrard, Marcello De Francisci
Yosuf Abu Shreah, Saed Al Sabaa, Marie Kristiansen
Amira Fat-hi Dawood El Eren, Rasmia Al-Sultan, Yahya Subh

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