The reality of daily life in Gaza is a complex one, with the Islamist militant group Hamas having taken control of the area since 2007. Under their rule, life has become strikingly different for the population of 1.5 million living there. Beyond the long-standing tensions and conflict with Israel that have somewhat defined the region, daily life in Gaza is marked by an increasingly poor economy, a lack of basic necessities including food and water, and deep divisions between the Palestinian factions vying for power within the borders.
In recent years, however, there has been some progress toward making Gaza a more stable place. Humanitarian aid has flowed into the region from various international organizations such as UNRWA, while Israel has opened its border crossings to allow shipments of goods and materials into Gaza. In addition to these developments, Hamas has also pushed forward with initiatives to improve infrastructure and education opportunities for Gazans, even as its leaders continue to face accusations of human rights abuses and financial corruption.
A new documentary entitled “Gaza: The Reality” offers an intimate look at life inside this troubled strip of land. Through first-hand accounts from local inhabitants and outsiders alike — including former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert — it paints a vivid picture of everyday struggles as well as moments of hope amidst despair. The film also takes viewers beyond merely hearing about events in Gaza to gaining an understanding of how they impact people’s lives on a personal level.
To really grasp what’s happening in Gaza today — from both sides — it’s essential to watch “Gaza: The Reality”. It provides an up close exploration into one of the most contentious regions in the world today and shows us that while there may be no easy answers or solutions, humanity still remains visible within all sides of this conflict.