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eleven days of may

The powerful testimony of Palestinian families in Gaza as they remember 54 of the children killed during the 11 days of Israeli shelling in May 2021.

In 2021, in the 11 days between May 10 and 21, the Israeli shelling of Gaza killed more than 60 Palestinian children.

This film is an emotional and stark memory of some of these children, told through family testimonies, home movies and images of young lives, lived and lost.

In a grim and repetitive pattern, day by day, family by family, their stories unfold: brothers and sisters laugh and cry as they remember shared childhoods; grieving parents relive the painful details of the attacks and create commemorative paintings of their children’s possessions; cousins, aunts and neighbors paint a picture of childhood and family life in Gaza.

In a few days, entire families were nearly wiped out. In a single attack, a man lost his wife and his three children, all under the age of 10. Another attack killed four brothers from the al-Hadidi family: the eldest, Yousef, was 11 years old. The families address the viewer directly. They share the joys of life before and the pain of funerals after, in a simple yet powerful narrative of 11 devastating days in Gaza.

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