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The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall (2008)

TV Movie  -  Drama  -  13 October 2008 (UK)
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An English family fights to establish truth, justice, and accountability from the Israeli army after their son - Tom, a young photo-journalism student - is shot in the head in Gaza by an Israeli army sniper in April 2003.

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Credited cast:
Bader Alami ...
Anis
Ziad Backry ...
Sgt. Taysir
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Tom Fitzalan-Howard
Emma Choy ...
Australian Reporter
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Anthony Hurndall
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Jocelyn Hurndall
Denise Gough ...
Michelle
Gus Lewis ...
Freddy
Doraid Liddawi ...
IDF Soldier
Kika Markham ...
Alison
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Rueben
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Tom Hurndall
Jonathan Miller ...
Taysir's C.O
Marry Nazzal ...
Laura
Mary Nazzal ...
Laura
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After Tom Hurndall is shot in the head in Gaza, his parents Anthony and Jocelyn arrive in Israel wanting to know how it could have happened. They expect sympathy and co-operation from the Israeli authorities, but are instead met with an official explanation that fails to tally with any eye-witness accounts, and a wall of silence. When an Israeli army report attempts to whitewash the incident, the Hurndalls decide the only way to establish the truth is to launch their own investigation into the shooting, a process which brings them face to face with both the Open-Fire regulations of the Israeli army in Gaza, and the soldier who pulled the trigger. Written by Simon Block

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"A Hard Brick of Reality in the Face"
22 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This controversial film tries to show the heavy truth that both sides (Israeli & Palestinian) have to cope with and tries to put a face to it. I enjoyed watching this film as much as anyone could enjoy watching human suffering with a sprinkle of a protagonist trying to defy the poor odds via human will and tenacity.

One could interpret this film as using hyperbole in favor of the Palestinian plight and may cause resentment from the viewer. If this is so then I believe they can still enjoy the film as a fictional piece.

However one feels on the subject this film aptly underscores the agreeable fact that much change is needed by both sides to end the conflict in Middle East.


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