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A "devastating" film about the massacre of an extended Palestinian family in Gaza by Israeli forces in 2009 has been hailed by critics at the Cannes Film Festival. Italian filmmaker Stefano Savona spent nine years trying to piece together what happened when a farming community in the north of the Gaza Strip was razed by Israeli special forces, killing 29 civilians mostly huddled in a house together.The film's premiere in the Directors' Fortnight, a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, comes as 60 people were killed after Israeli troops fired on protesters in the worst violence in the Gaza Strip since the 2014 war, with at least 1,200 other Palestinians wounded.Savona refused to comment on the killings in Gaza this week.The Samouni clan have farmed their fields in northern Gaza since time immemorial, Savona said.Savona had been in Gaza at the time to shoot his award-winning documentary "Cast Lead" – the name given to the Israeli military incursion.
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