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Movies that Matter: To Shoot an Elephant

  • Jan 28, 2014 · 8:00 PM

Join us for a special screening of To Shoot an Elephant, part of our Movies that Matter film series featuring some of the most engaging and dynamic films about human rights. We have selected the most relevant, topical and generally interesting films from the programme of The Movies that Matter Foundation, an initiative of Amnesty International that organises wide-ranging film programmes in which human rights take centre stage.

So come along, watch a movie and learn about human rights issues. We look forward to seeing you there!

To Shoot an Elephant
Alberto Arce / Mohammed Rujailah

What is it like to live in the Gaza Strip, an area of about 140 square miles that is home to one and a half million Palestinians? Unemployment is high and almost half the population is under fourteen year. In 'To Shoot an Elephant' director Alberto Arce zooms in on life in Gaza, which is occupied by Israel. As a member of the International Solidarity Movement, one of the few aid organisations that is still active in the Gaza Strip, Arce was filming there late 2008 and early 2009, when fighting between Israel and Hamas intensified. Approximately 1,300 civilians were killed in the hostilities and air attacks that took place during that period. Arce was one of the few foreign journalists that witnessed the shelling from within the Gaza Strip. The filmmaker turns his camera on the ambulance personnel. They take the dead and wounded off the street, putting their own lives on the line. When they try to shelter a corpse, they get fired at.

Documentary, Video, C

Spoken language: Arabic, English

Subtitles: English

Official website:

Awards:Best director award - Florence’s Festival dei Popoli 2009 Golden Butterfly
Amnesty International’s A Matter of ACT Award for the best documentary - Movies that Matter Festival 2010

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  • Perle L.

    The venue was really good. The film was really tough but I'm so glad I saw it - a very sobering view of what humanity is capable of. Some of those images will remain with me for a long time to come...

    Thanks for organising.

    1 · January 29, 2014

    • Lucy T.

      Ah, I didn't see you! You're so right. I am happy to have seen it, but it was a very difficult film to watch. Next one will be very interesting too, but not as graphic.

      January 29, 2014

  • Lucy T.

    Thank you all for coming to see this lucid documentary. Also, if anyone lost an mp3 player get in touch!

    January 28, 2014

  • Astrid B.

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    January 19, 2014

  • Heather

    do we need to get tickets in advance? or can we get them when we turn up? - do you know how much they cost? - looking forward to it!

    January 11, 2014

    • Lucy T.

      Hi Heather. As far as I know it is not possible to book tickets for films at ot301 in advance. It is possible to buy tickets at the bar on the night though, and getting there a little bit earlier is advised. Hope to see you there.Do come and say hi!

      January 11, 2014

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