Visualising Women's Rights - Gaza en Gaza Reels: Old Movies, New Voices <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-103" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/gaza-reels-old-movies-new-voices"><img src="" alt="The Gaza Reels" title="The Gaza Reels" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="112" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In how many different ways is it possible to depict a problem that is more than sixty years old? Resistance to the Israeli occupation of Palestine has generated powerful, inventive and creative visual campaigns, and Gaza Reels by animator Anna Shevchenko, is one of the latest in a distinguished line-up.</p> <p> <iframe width="560" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Why We Like It </span></p> <p>Following from the powerful <a href="" target="_blank">Closed Zone</a>, Gaza Reels describes the continuing blockade of the Gaza Strip despite the recent opening up of the border at Rafah on Gaza's southern border with Egypt, and the only land crossing out of Gaza not controlled by Israel. (The film was also released close to the anniversary of the disastrous May 2010 attack on the Mavi Marmara and the <a href=";source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;ved=0CCgQFjAB&amp;;rct=j&amp;q=freedom%20flotilla&amp;ei=JN4jTtWlBdHPrQfAvoWCAg&amp;usg=AFQjCNHoFF9HQzWGUJ_dj_5HNCpu-wdh-A&amp;cad=rja" target="_blank">Freedom Flotilla</a>). Gisha's film seeks to challenge the belief that Israel has truly 'disengaged' from Gaza and describes how Gazans still face severe restrictions. Visually, this elegant little film evokes the nostalgia of the Geva News Reels that were shown in Israeli movie theatres in the 1950s and '60s, and is made up of collages of old and new visual motifs and styles. But there is another play on the layering of old and new. The Geva Reels'-style voice-over with it's typically didactic form of address, reminiscent of propaganda films of that earlier cinematic moment, barking the State-ist Quo, is countered by a calmer voice (also speaking in Hebrew) that tells of the lived reality of civilians in Gaza. The second voice is more conversational, gentle and draws out dialogue instead of being commanding.</p> <p>And there's a curious coda to this story. Early this year before the release of Gaza Reels, Geva Studios that produced the original News Reels was <a title="Geva Studios Torn Down" href="" target="_blank">torn down</a> to make way for new high-rise residential apartments. More history written over, written again.</p> <p>Source: Gaza Mom</p> <p>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Gisha</a></p> <p>Year: 2011</p> </div> </div> </div> animation film Gaza Israel Palestine Mon, 18 Jul 2011 07:46:07 +0000 maya 104 at Mapping: Open Street Maps in the Occupied Palestinian Territories <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-62" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/mapping-open-street-maps-occupied-palestinian-territories"><img src="" alt="Detail of Open Street Map for Gaza" title="Detail of Open Street Map for Gaza" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="96" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="">Open Street Maps</a> is a global project that maps cities around the world through the collective efforts of everyday people. Most geographical data and maps are created from data that is protected by copyright legislation and is expensive to use. Open Street Maps is free and constantly being edited and updated by the efforts of volunteers around the world.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">How it works:</span> Open Street Maps uses free and open source software, allowing volunteers using GPS (Global Positioning System - a global navigation satellite-based system that gives location information) to record and share information about the geographical layout of a city. Users can identify highly specific details about the features of a particular area - from constructed and built up areas (roads, waterways, rail-lines, housing, amenities etc) to natural and physical land features. This information is shared on open, editable maps where users can annotate their data. There is therefore a great degree of relevant and useable detail that an Open Street Map can convey. &nbsp;</p> <p>In 2009, Open Street Maps embarked on a <a href="">mapping project</a> for the Occupied Palestine Territories, aimed at developing a comprehensive map of the Gaza Strip to assist relief agencies and NGOs working on the ground. The project involved the creation of an 'asset register' where key public infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and mosques were recorded in terms of their location. Information about these territories was sourced from news agencies, geographers, mappers, volunteers, NGOs, aid agencies and bloggers</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">&nbsp;Why we like it</span>: The geo-political and military conflict that has overshadowed Palestine for decades has resulted in it being cut off from the public eye. Locals too, themselves, often do not have access to information about their own country because its borders and land are so contested. Open Street Maps' Palestine project provides vital information about heavily militarised areas like the Gaza Strip to help aid agencies provide various kinds of support. Open Street Maps are also user-friendly and informative, giving users detailed information about their city. Equally, the OSM project allows Gaza, the West Bank and other parts of Palestine to take on character and identity of their own. Beyond check-points and blockades, beyond the news stories and political wrangling, the Palestine Open Street Maps allows local Palestinians, and the world online, to recognise and know these territories in such intimate detail, often for the very first time.</p> <p>Category: Visualisations about conflict in the Arab World</p> <p>Year:2009</p> <p>Source: <a href="" title=""></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Gaza Geographical mapping Open Street Maps Palestine Political WestBank Tue, 12 Oct 2010 06:22:51 +0000 maya 61 at Animation: Lift the Siege on Gaza <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-53" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/animation-lift-siege-gaza"><img src=" shot 2010-09-23 at 10.02.56 AM.thumbnail.png" alt="Lift the Seige on Gaza" title="Lift the Seige on Gaza" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="136" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As part of a larger campaign to demand that Israel lift the siege on Gaza, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (<a href="" target="_blank">B’Tselem</a>) launched a short animated clip, “Lift the Siege on Gaza”. The animation, created by Alon Simone, challenged the effectiveness of this siege on the grounds that Israel's attempt to cripple Hamas is actually serving to enrich them. The animation shows how goods that are not allowed to enter Gaza from Israel are smuggled into the country from Egypt through tunnels where Hammas collects money on them.</p> <p><object width="480" height="414" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="data" value="" /><param name="src" value="" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /></object></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Why we like it</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In just over 50 seconds the film communicates a pressing and controversial issue using a recognisable cartoon style seen regularly on television, but used here to tackle a serious issue. The colour and expression of the characters brings a different angle to a subject worn out in media and advocacy debate. The opening screen text, “The siege on Gaza brought Hamas to its knees, you think?” and the bouncing soundtrack, does what a body of text can't do. It creates humour, revealing the irony of Hamas benefiting from a scheme intended to injure them. It carefully uses the style to engage a certain audience but not to undermine the severity of the problem but points to the true consequences of the blockade, the people in Gaza are the only people to suffer, concluding that a “Siege doesn’t collapse a government a siege just makes people miserable.”</p> <p><strong>Source:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><strong>Year:</strong> 2009</p> <p><strong>By:&nbsp;</strong><a style="text-decoration: underline; color: #998565;" href="" target="_blank">B’Tselem</a></p> <p><strong>Category:</strong> Visualisations about conflict in the Arab World</p> </div> </div> </div> animation conflict Gaza Hamas Israel video visualisation Fri, 20 Aug 2010 15:46:03 +0000 faith 30 at