Art Exhibit "A Child's View from Gaza" and Premiere Screening "Tears of Gaza"

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Alternate Focus and Choices Video will present the art exhibit A Children’s View from Gaza with Exhibit Coordinator and Curator Susan Johnson and will screen the documentary Tears of Gaza by celebrated filmmaker Vibeke Løkkeberg. After the film, Ms. Johnson will discuss the art exhibit.

In May 2009, an ad hoc delegation of 13 Americans traveled to Gaza to witness the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead. After visiting many children centers, homes, NGOs and seeing the powerful art the children had made during art therapy sessions, the delegation discussed how they could share Gaza's stories and needs with the world. "A Child's View of Gaza" lets the children share their own experiences through art. "A Child's View of Gaza" is an exhibition of over 20 children's drawings from six children's centers in Gaza: Afaq Jadeeda Association, Life makers Center, Culture and Free Thought Association, Khan Younis, Qattan Center for the Child, Rachel Corrie Children's Center, and Al-Assria Children's Library.

Disturbing, powerful and emotionally devastating, "Tears of Gaza" is less a conventional documentary than a record – presented with minimal gloss – of the 2008 to 2009 bombing of Gaza by the Israeli military. Photographed by several Palestinian cameramen both during and after the offensive, this powerful film by director Vibeke Løkkeberg focuses on the impact of the attacks on the civilian population. "Tears of Gaza" makes no overriding speeches or analyses. The situation leading up to the incursion is never mentioned. Similar events certainly occurred in Dresden, Tokyo, Baghdad and Sarajevo, but of course Gaza isn’t those places. "Tears of Gaza" demands that we examine the costs of war on a civilian populace. This critically acclaimed film has been invited to the most prestigious film festivals around the world including the Jerusalem Film Festival, The Toronto International Film Festival, FilmFest DC in Washington DC and the Al Jazeera International Documentary Festival where it won the Human Rights Award.

This event is a fundraiser for Alternate Focus a 501c3 media organization dedicated to reporting an alternate view of the Middle East and to support the filmmakers' release of "Tears of Gaza". Ten percent of proceeds will be donated to organizations aiding children in Gaza.

Thursday May 24, 2012; 6:00–9:30pm
World Beat Center
2100 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

6pm: Reception A Child’s View from Gaza
7pm: Showing of film Tears of Gaza
8:30pm: Curator Susan Johnson
Requested Admission $13; $8 Students

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