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‘Gaza’ documentary wins 33rd Spain Goya Award

The documentary “Gaza” directed by Gary Keane and Andrew McConnell won the Best Documentary Short Film on Sunday at the Goya Awards in Spain.

The documentary, which first premiered in the Sundance Film Festival at the start of the year, depicts the lives of Palestinians living under the 12-year siege in the Gaza Strip.

McConnell, a photojournalist, first visited Gaza in 2010 and in 2012 he teamed up with documentary filmmaker, Keane.

The documentary was shot in 2014 and 2015.

McConnell and Keane focused mostly on subjects with a connection to the sea, including a family of fishermen and a 14-year-old boy from a refugee camp who spends much of his time around the water.

Keane said: “We wanted to form a collection of people and let them tell their story. The narrative comes from them. It doesn’t come from us.”

“We saw normal people with families trying to live, trying to feed their families, trying to maintain some semblance of normality,” Keane added.

McConnell explained: “The heart of this film is what it’s like to live in this extraordinary strip of land. Gaza is incredibly vibrant, colourful, and boisterous. It’s one of the most unique places I’ve ever been.”

The Goya Awards, which were established in 1987, are Spain’s main national annual film awards.