Powerful Gaza film wins place in Victoria's heart
A documentary depicting the daily suffering of ordinary Gazans was a timely winner of a human rights film award last night.
Filmmaker Dearbhla Glynn scooped the Irish Council for Civil Liberties Human Rights Film Award at a screening in Dublin's Light House Cinema last night.
She travelled to Gaza last year to see for herself what everyday life was like for its 1.5 million inhabitants with the result being 'Gaza: Post Operation Cast Lead'.
"The people who are living in Gaza, very few of them have ever left it. It's a tiny little place, completely destroyed, the infrastructure is devastated with so many people being very badly injured and families living with an awful lot of death," she said.
Dearbhla was due to sail with the recent aid flotilla that was stormed by Israeli armed forces with the loss of nine lives, but in the end was unable to join it.
Actress Victoria Smurfit -- a member of the judging panel alongside director Kirsten Sheridan and Senator David Norris -- said the winning film was "very powerfully held" in the hearts of some of the judges.