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Filmmaking in Gaza

by D.H. | Ramallah.

GAZA hardly seems like a good place to be a filmmaker. The besieged Palestinian territory not only lacks formal training for making films, but also a single cinema house. They were all shut down in the late 1970s and early 1980s when a wave of religious conservatism washed over the Gaza Strip.

Yet such hurdles have not stopped Mohamed and Ahmed Abu Nasser—better known as Tarzan and Arab—the identical twin brothers behind the 14-minute film “Condom Lead”, the first Palestinian short to be nominated at the Cannes Film Festival.

“We tried to cultivate our film culture despite the obvious odds,” says Tarzan. Wry and burly, he is often interrupted by his brother Arab, who talks over him or finishes his sentences. The budding filmmakers share more than just a face. Their long hair, beaded necklaces and Converse trainers (smuggled from Egypt into Gaza through tunnels) have become their signature look.

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