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The Death of Cinema in Gaza

As Islamist leaders in Gaza maintain a tight grip on the country’s cultural scene, Gazans themselves are divided in their views on cinema, writes Asmaa al-Ghoul.
A Hamas policeman rides a motorcycle past a billboard promoting a film titled "Imad Aqel" in Gaza City August 3, 2009. "Imad Aqel", which had its premiere on Saturday, is the first feature film produced by the Islamist Hamas movement and the title is the name of a Palestinian militant whom Israel held accountable for the deaths of 13 soldiers and settlers. REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah (GAZA POLITICS SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR26DLS
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Heavy slabs of concrete seal the doors of al-Nasr Cinema in Gaza City. Not one aperture exists through which you can see the interior of the building, which has been abandoned for decades. Its towering walls loom over the street, stained black from the old fire. In the 1980s, these walls housed one of the largest cinemas in the Middle East, but now new generations in the Gaza Strip grow old having never been inside a cinema.

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