We All Live in Gaza
Today in the late winter 2021, the women, men and children of Gaza are facing conditions inconceivable in the West. Since 2007 this tiny land mass has been under military, political and economic siege by the Israeli State. They are cut off from the world around them. The question at hand. Why?
Mission StatementThe pandemic has hit with voracity inside Gaza. It is a situation compounded by the incredible difficulties of bringing vaccines into the territory. From the Palestinian perspective our documentary is a journalistically solid report on conditions on the ground edited from120 hours of footage.
About The Project
At the Khan Yunis Refugee Camp
WHY THIS PROJECT
On the margins of a newspaper, from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama, on April 16, 1963 Martin Luther King wrote an open letter to the civil rights activist community. Today 67 years later his words continue to resonate.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere….."
His words ring true in communities across the U.S. but nowhere are the effects of injustice more at play than in a tiny region along the Mediterranean. Historically the area known as Palestine, today the Nation State of Israel. Here the Israeli/Palestinian conflict continues unabated. It is, in essence, a struggle over a piece of land between two peoples, both with passionately held cultural, religious and political beliefs. And who both paint very different pictures of what led to the current situation.
Gaza City, Palestine
As contemporary history has chronicled, thousands have perished, many thousands more have been rendered homeless in this deadly tug-of-war.
THE SITUATION TODAY
Inside the tiny Gaza Strip, 341 square miles, 2 million women, men and children; all live under a siege and naval blockade imposed by Israel. Seen from the perspective of those living this history, We All Live in Gaza chronicles the story of what has happened historically, what is happening today, and looks into the future.
The documentary seeks answers to why the siege is continuing without end. And most critically explores the issues of how a just and lasting resolution can be found.
Mural, outside Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza City
In collaboration with The Media Group, Gaza City, as well as with independent video producers inside the territory, the project has been in production since 2009. It is a culmination of literally thousands of hours of work.
Today the pandemic has hit the territory with the same velocity felt in the U.S. and Europe. Gaza has been and continues to be at the edge of a physical, mental and economic abyss. Yet the resilience, perseverance, and creativity of the people also continues unabated.
In light of these incredible hardships, with your help and support this creativity can be shared with the world outside the closed borders.
At the Erez checkpoint between Gaza & Israel
WHAT WE NEED TO COMPLETE THE DOCUMENTARY
Over the course of the past ten years over 120 hours of video have been shot in Gaza, the West Bank, Israel, Germany, the U.S., and the Czech Republic.
From this footage has come a 90-minute edit that has been shown in public preview screenings in Europe and the U.S., as well as online virtually. Reviews have been very good. Please see a link on our website www.studioresolution.net
As we stand today the content is in place. What is needed is technical and legalistic. On the production side there are several key steps including complete digitization, image enhancement, and color matching, along with a professional sound mix.
The women, men and children of Gaza
Without being overly technical here is our dilemma. Over the course of production at least six different cameras were used, each with a different image size and frame rate. Thus for broadcast and theatrical release all the original footage must be trans-coded into a uniform video format. This footage then needs to be matched for visual consistency. This is a long, detailed process.
From a logistical and legal perspective the historical footage all needs proper use clearances. This entails stock footage fees paid to rights holders. The same is true for music used. It is equally important to the production team to make use fee payments to the Gaza musicians whose work is featured in the documentary.
Specifically our minimum goal is $12,000 which represents approximately 5% of the total cash and in-kind contributions that have brought the project to this point in time.
WE WANT TO GIVE BACK TO YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND ASSISTANCE
The artwork of Malak Mattar that is featured in the documentary exemplifies the depth of emotion that resides in the people of Gaza.
It is with great pleasure we share this work with those of you who contribute to our effort with note cards, posters, and signed limited edition fine art prints.
(Please see our list of perks)
We thank you for your interest. We thank you for your support. Together it is sincerely hoped, through this documentary effort, we can make life better for all those living in Israel/Palestine.
At the central market, Gaza City
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About This Team
We All Live in Gaza is a co-production of Studio Resolution, San Francisco and The Media Group, Gaza City Palestine.
The project's pricipal producer/directors are Maurice Jacobsen along with Atif and Rami Eisa inside Gaza. Maurice is an independent documentary maker with PBS and Discovery Channel credits who has lived and worked in the Middle East over the past twenty years. He is probably one of only a handful of media professionals to have spent equal amounts of time in both Palestine and Israel.
Atif and Rami are a father and son team who manage the independnetly run Media Group inside Gaza. The company's primarily mission is supplying production support to international news organizations operating inside the territory including the BBC.
Over the course of this long production process the project has been aided and supported by an electic team of volunteers and contributors. And it never could have reached this point without their help.
Maurice Jacobsen Bio
Maurice Jacobsen is an independent media producer/director who has worked throughout the world for the past thirty-five years. After completing projects produced for PBS (Dialogue, Will Our Children Thank Us?) and Discovery Channel Europe (Expedition 360), he began working in the Middle East in 2002 with funding from KQED-TV, San Francisco and ITVS on the online documentary Jerusalem: A Living History.
Currently, balancing time between freelance assignments and independent documentary production, he is based in San Francisco (in the time of the pandemic) and will be returning to Europe and the Middle East in April 2021.
In 2013 he produced the multimedia project Facing Al Aqaba a photographic essay of each resident of this West Bank community that opened at ArtPrize 2013, the largest arts competition in the world. Here the installation was shortlisted for awards in two categories, the only project such honored.
Mr. Jacobsen has lived and worked in the Gaza Strip for 16 months, producing the feature length documentary (currently in post-production) titled We All Live in Gaza, www.we-gaza.com ,as well as producing projects for Gaza based NGOs Oxfam and Mercy Corps. While in the territory he was commissioned by Press TV to produce the documentary titled Shelled, currently in distribution.
In July of 2014, Mr. Jacobsen traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan with a support grant from the Frey Foundation to complete fabrication of a multimedia installation also titled We All Live in Gaza that again premiered during ArtPrize 2014 on September 19th. And with the support of Gallery 21 and Rebuilding Alliance he produced the installation Art Under Siege at the OXO Design Center, Southbank,London. <www.artundersiege.com>
Mr. Jacobsen has a BA in Film Production from the University of Denver and has studied at the American Film Institute Digital Content Lab, Los Angeles where he specialized in the production of interactive online documentary programming. He has taught on the faculties of American University, Washington, DC, The New School for Social Research, New York and The University of Bridgeport. While in The Gaza Strip he conducted video production workshops for aspiring journalists under a USAid sponsored program coordinated by InterNews.