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Death in Gaza by Miller, James

In an attempt to capture the lives of the children on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, James Millers own life ended tragically. He got killed by Israeli gunfire while filming in the Palestinian area on the Gaza strip . This documentary shows the footage of Miller, an experienced war reporter and filmmaker, up to his death. This last film of Miller has become a tribute to his life and work while showing the bizarre and dangerous life of Palestinian children risking their lives in a neverending war zone.

Political Relevance
After the second world war, the UN created a partition of Palestine, proposing a division of Palestine into two states, Jewish and Arab. The Arab world opposed the plan, arguing that it violated the rights of the majority of the (non-Jewish) people in Palestine. The Arab refusal to accept the partition plan led to the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. Jewish immigration into the land of Israel/Palestine increased the ongoing tensions between the Jewish and Arab population in the region. The Gaza strip and the West bank are part of the Palestinian territories and home millions of Palestinian refugees

Social Interest
The ongoing tensions between the Israeli and Palestinian governments highly affects the daily life of the inhabitants of the region. This documentary clearly shows the dangers Palestinian inhabitants are facing due to attacks on the Gaza strip by the Israeli military. On the other hand, Palestinian suicide bombers and other martyrs dying for Palestina are being worshipped by the majority of the Palestinian inhabitants.

About James Miller
James Millers was a Welsh journalist. From 1995 on he worked on news reports from various war zone locations like Algeria, Afghanistan and the middle east. He was also a film maker with Prime suspects and Beneath the Veil as best known films. Like in this documentary, he often worked with Saira Shah . He died in Rafah, Israel on 2nd of May 2003, while working on the film Death in Gaza. Miller earned various prizes for his movies, like 5 Emmys.

Director
Miller, James
Copyright Holder
Smile Film Sales
Duration
80 min.
Year of release
2004
Language
English, Arabic, Hebrew

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