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Karma will remind Western middle class audiences of any number of young women they've met.The film debuted at Sundance in January and will close Beirut's Ecrans du Reel film festival Sunday evening.Keane and McConnell shot "Gaza" during the March of Return demonstrations. Aware that evening news images of burning tires and bleeding protesters was the only sense most audiences have of Gaza Karma expresses irritation that outsiders aware of Gaza's yearlong state of siege have nothing to offer but sympathy the Irish filmmakers set out to make a film that reflects the multiplicity of Gazans' experience and holds audiences.Karma and Ahmad have another counterpoint in a young man who recalls that he was 10 when Gaza was first flattened by Israeli bombs.Keane and McConnell (who tell the story without ever speaking a word themselves) go one better by having their characters reflect upon the Palestinian condition in Gaza.Not all Gaza residents are heroically engaged with the conflict, of course."Gaza" will bring down the curtain on Ecrans du Reel Sunday, May 12, at 8 p.m. at Metropolis Cinema-Sofil.
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