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Yoni Goodman, the Israeli animator who animated the award-winning, Oscar-nominated, animated documentary "Waltz With Bashir" has just released "Closed Zone" a 90-second animated short film about Gaza.
In it, a Palestinian in Gaza goes chasing after a blue bird, only to be turned back by imposing, massive hands as he approaches Gaza's borders.
The Palestinian watches rockets soar out of Gaza and hit an Israeli town. Then he is boxed in by the hands as he tries to escape from Israel's military counter-strike.
Goodman created the film for Gisha, an Israeli human rights group that has long challenged Israel's policies towards Gaza, especially the restrictions imposed on humanitarian aid to the 1.4 million Palestinians living there.
"The war made this film a mission for me," Goodman said in a short companion video on "The Making of Closed Zone."
"We chose the medium of animation to try to get viewers to recognize the humanity of the residents of Gaza," said Gisha Executive Director Sari Bashi. "It is increasingly difficult to remind people that residents of the Gaza Strip are human beings who wish to raise children, to earn a living, to realize their dreams, both small and large."
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