GAZA CALL­ING (GAZA TONADI)

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(Na­hed Awwad, Pales­tinian Ter­ri­tory (Oc­cu­pied), United Arab Emi­rates, Switzer­land). 64 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNN Na­hed Awwad’s study of Pales­tini­ans whose abil­ity to travel be­tween Gaza and Ra­mal­lah is con­strained by ar­bi­trary Is­raeli reg­u­la­tions won’t win any awards for pro­duc­tion val­ues, but it’s nev­er­the­less a com­pelling por­trait of fam­i­lies un­fairly di­vided by one of the world’s most in­tractable con­flicts.

As Samer seeks to re­turn from Ra­mal­lah to his fam­ily in Gaza, and Mustafa tries to re­unite with his in Ra­mal­lah, their only way of con­nect­ing to rel­a­tives is via tele­phone – hence the ti­tle. Though th­ese con­ver­sa­tions have their own heart­break­ing qual­ity, it’s the scenes por­tray­ing the bu­reau­cratic tan­gle that are most in­fu­ri­at­ing – phone call after phone call, count­less de­mands for doc­u­ments, stacks of ap­pli­ca­tions for per­mits.

An ef­fec­tive at­tempt to put a hu­man face to po­lit­i­cal ten­sions. SGC Apr 30, 6:30 pm, ROM The­atre; May 2, 3:30 pm, Sco­tia­bank The­atre 3; May 3, 6:30 pm, Innis Town Hall.

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