Yes it’s just as you read in the title you can buy the tickets and guess what else ,, it is for an affordable price, only 10 Shekels what equals almost $2.6 . That’s awesome isn’t it ??
For decades Gaza people were deprived from enjoying this kind of entertainment. Once there was a cinema in Gaza, it was Al-Nasser cinema. It was opened in 1944, but it was closed in 1987 after the First Intifada began and re-opened again in 1994 when the Palestinian Authority come back to Gaza. Unfortunately, it was damaged and burned in 1996 in riot actions and this was the end of Gaza Cinema. For 19 years it was just a dream to go to a cinema for the Gazans and the new generation had no idea about how a cinema really looks like and how it feel to watch a movie in the cinema, can you imagine this?
(Cinema Al-Nasser Before)
(Cinema Al-Nasser Now)
Now this dream became true, Ain Media Company for media production and Fos7a Network launched the program of Gaza Cinema to give the new generation this type of entertainment. The screening of the films takes place in The Palestinian Red Crescent Society’s theater, which can host almost 150 person.
(Gaza Cinema project in The Palestinian Red Crescent Society’s theater)
This was a great step in changing the reality as no one know when Gaza will live in stable political condition, the idea of this program was one of Gaza’s ways to live and adapt with the imposed circumstances whether because of the Israeli conflict or because of the internal political conflicts.
It may seem silly thing “Mini-Cinema” for only 150 in a country its population is nearly 1.82 million people, but I can simply imagine it might be experimental project to study the idea or re-opening the old cinema” Al-Nasser Cinema “.
I can honestly tell that the responsible people are doing well as they keep asking the people about their opinions and what they would like to watch in the next time, they used to screen mostly Palestinian films or documentaries, which usually deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and it consequences ,which from my point of view became normal and usual for them and I believe that people need to forget about politics and the Israeli occupation even for two hours weekly. Unexpectedly the last time was remarkable as they screened Leonardo Dicaprio’s Oscar winning movie, The Revenant.
With the existence of such an hungry audience for watching films, I believe this project may grow faster than any one can imagine especially in Summer.
This initiative was just one of the proofs that Gaza people really want to live in peace and enjoy their lives, they want and need to overcome the difficulties of being a Palestinian citizen. They had suffer enough until now and maybe it is the time for them to take the chance to decide how they want their lives to be, this new generation just needed this chance. The whole world watched how Gaza was in war times, now it’s time to see how Gaza can rise with the dreams and hopes of its people.