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Film festival opens amid Gaza's ruins

Children and residents from the Shajaiyah neighborhood in Gaza, which suffered mass destruction and massacres during the 2014 war, attended the Karama Human Rights Film Festival, featuring poignant movies about the tragedies.
Palestinians place a red carpet between the ruins of houses, that witnesses said were destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, before they display a film on the war in the east of Gaza City May 12, 2015. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem 

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — It was not Jack Nicholson, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt nor Angelina Jolie who walked down the red carpet at the Karama Human Rights Film Festival, but Fatima al-Jaabari and children Ahmed al-Rai, Mohammed Abu Shamali and Salsabel Abu Shanab, as well as hundreds of other stars from the Gaza Strip, specifically the Shajaiyah neighborhood.

In his interview with Al-Monitor, the festival's director, movie director Khalil al-Muzayen, said he'd insisted that the opening be held in the Shajaiyah neighborhood, which was destroyed in the recent war on the Gaza Strip that raged from July 8 to Aug. 26, 2014.

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