In the Palestinian enclave of Gaza, without a cinema for 30 years, a few hundred people walk the red carpet to a rare film screening — held on the street. The opening of the Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival this week had been expected to take place inside the Amer Cinema — a grey building with the letters of its name peeling off, which has been abandoned for three decades.
A screen was erected in the street outside the cinema.
The enclave of 2 million people has not had a working cinema since the last ones closed during the first Palestinian intifada, or uprising, in the late ’80s.
In the end around 200 people sat outside to watch the opening film, the feature-length documentary “Gaza” by Irish directors Andrew McConnell and Garry Keane.