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In a rough style, by way of unique footage, the brutal consequences of modern wars are exposed. The film also depicts the ability of women and children to handle their everyday life after a dramatic war experience. Many of them live in tents or in ruins without walls or roofs. They are all in need of money, food, water and electricity. Others have lost family members, or are left with seriously injured children. Can war solve conflicts or create peace? The film follows three children through the war and the period after the ceasefire. Written by Anonymous

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title card: December 27, 2008: The Jewish state begins extensive military actions in Gaza, one of the worlds most densly populated areas... 'Operation Cast Lead' lasts for 22 days.
title card: During this time, more than twenty thousand buildings, homes, factories and farms were completely or partially destroyed.
title card: This is the story of three children: Yahya, Rashmia and Amira... In June of 2009 they made the following statements:
Amira: If I study well, I want to become a lawyer... So that one day I can take the ...
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Heartwrenching about war crimes against children
7 March 2014 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Vibeke Lokkeberg's documentary "Tears of Gaza" is one of those films which rips your torso open, and leaves your heart bleeding. What the Norwegian film maker Løkkeberg does here, is something I would never expect from her. I've seen a lot of her earlier films, and besides "Løperjenten" I think they generally stunk. But I glad to say that this film shows what Løkkeberg is capable to make.

The film attempts to capture the horrifying feelings the civilians experience during the 22 days long 2008-09 military assault upon Gaza by the Israeli military. Some might say this is pro-Palestinian, but that is a load of BS, because this shows that war isn't about religion or land. War is a crime against humanity, and nothing is black and white. Every war has more than one side. This is about human rights.

With raw, unpolished footage with hand held camera Løkkeberg shows disturbing pictures and consequences of war at a time when journalists weren't allowed to get into the area. The situation seems hopeless, and yet still meaningful.

At times you cannot help but feel certain scenes are staged, and this only hurts the film because it allows those that do not want to like the film the ability to discount it entirely. But they did come off as big proponents of human rights, and it showed as an underlying theme in Tears of Gaza.

The film has highly upsetting scenes of children getting killed both by bombs and by snipers, no more than 2 or 3 years old! But then they are future opponents or terrorists, aren't they!? (Sic!)

Both parties in this war, Israeli and Palestinian has committed war crimes by killing civilians. The only distinction is the wast differences of wartime capabilities of each side. Those responsible should all be put up for a war time tribunal for crimes against the human society.

Though extremely difficult to watch, and not for the faint of heart, I wish to thank Vibeke Løkkeberg for the courage of showing what war is.


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