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TEARS OF GAZA

Disturbing, powerful and emotional, the Norwegian documentary Tears of Gaza documents with a minimum of gloss the 2008 to 2009 bombing of Gaza by the Israeli military. Photographed by Palestinian cameramen both during and after the offensive, this powerful film by director Vibeke Løkkeberg focuses on the impact of the attacks on the civilian population.

THE FILMMAKER

Vibeke Løkkeberg is a Norwegian actress, film director and author. She made her acting debut in 1967 with the feature film Liv. In the 70s she began to also direct and write films and documentaries becoming one of Norway’s most prominent filmmakers. Her husband and collaborator Terje Kristiansen produced her films. Vibeke’s movies and documentaries explore subjects that society wants to hide. Her mission as an artist is to look at the issues that affect her. “I want to be on the side of the victims, not the powerful.” Vibeke’s debut feature film, The Revelation caused controversy in Norway. The film shows a naked middle-aged woman. The film became Vibeke’s international breakthrough film. It was screened theatrically throughout Europe and the US. Kamila was invited to the 1982 Cannes Un Certain Regard and was released theatrically in the U.S. NY Times’ Vincent Camby wrote about Vibeke, “…a filmmaker of feeling and imagination. The performances are superior…” Hud was Vibeke’s second to be invited to the Un Certain Regard section at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. Her documentary Tears of Gaza profiles the impact of the brutal consequences of modern wars. It was invited to the Toronto International Film Festival and the Jerusalem Film Festival. Løkkeberg is also a leading writer. She has published novels including Leopard, Earth's Shadow, Purple, Letter to the Helmet and Allies.

AWARDS, SPECIAL SCREENINGS, AND FESTIVALS

World Premiere – Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
Audience Award – Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden
Winner of the Human Rights Award – Al Jazeera International Documentary Festival, Qatar
Volda: Audience Award – The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival, Norway
Best Film - Gaza Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary, Children of War Foundation – Monaco Charity Film Festival
Audience Award: Best Documentary, Jury Commendation – Durango Indie Film Festival, Colorado
Best Documentary – Al Ard Palestinian Film Festival
The Film Festival, Poland
DocsBarcelona International Documentary Film Festival, Spain
Biografilm Festival, International Celebration of Lives, Italy
DOCUMED The Association of Documentary Cinema, Tunisia
Shanghai International Film Festival, China
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece
DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, Korea
Black Star International Film Festival, Ghana
Job Film Days International Film Festival, Italy
The Zurich Film Festival, Switzerland
DocsMX International Documentary Film Festival, Mexico
One World – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Check Republic
Festivals des Libertés, Belgium
Palestine Cinema Days
The Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Germany
Karama Human Rights Festival (HRFF), Jordan

TEARS OF GAZA

Catalog # RM1808 ● ISBN: 978-1-933724-42-3 ● UPC: 6-82086-01808-9 NTSC

85 Minutes ● Copyright 2010 ● Arabic, English Subtitles