- Title: Movie by bus, Gaza's new mobile cinema experience
- Date: 25th August 2021
- Summary: GAZA CITY, GAZA (AUGUST 19, 2021) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PROJECT COORDINATOR OF MOBILE CINEMA BUS, MAHMOUD AL-HERBAWI, SAYING: "The outdoor screening equipment consists of an exterior screen with a projector, it (the screen) can be adapted to different sizes (depending on the audience), it can screen to up to 500 people outside the bus." PEOPLE STANDING OUTSIDE BUS VARIOUS OF CHILDREN WATCHING MOVIE OUTDOORS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 13-YEAR- OLD PALESTINIAN CHILD FROM GAZA, JASER HASONEH, SAYING: "This cinema is really nice. I wish we had a big cinema like this one so we could always go to it, because we don't have access to this. This is the first time I watch a movie in such a cinema, a movie about love and caring about oneself." VARIOUS OF CHILDREN WATCHING MOVIE OUTDOORS
- Embargoed: 8th September 2021 09:36
- Keywords: Bus Gaza Gaza City Mobile Cinema Palestinians
- Location: GAZA CITY, GAZA
- City: GAZA CITY, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Occupied Territory
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Middle East
- Reuters ID: LVA004ERS3UC9
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Seated in Gaza's new mobile cinema, a group of young Palestinians are munching popcorn while enjoying a cartoon, a rare experience for the children in the enclave.
Equipped with solar panels, a chairlift for the mobility impaired and with a capacity for over 60 people, the 'Cinema Bus' recently took the the roads in Gaza to revive the spirit of the big screen among its young population.
While cinemas flourished in Gaza in the 1950s, they were torched in 1987 when the first Palestinian uprising errupted.
They were restored and reopened afterwards, but only to be set on fire again a few years later, in 1996, amid a new wave of political tension.
Gaza residents, with little opportunities to leave the enclave, have since had to enjoy films from home.
"This is the first time I watch a movie in such a cinema, a movie about love and caring about oneself," 13-year-old Gaza resident, Jaser Hasoneh said, after attending a packed outdoor screening in Gaza city.
To reach larger audiences, the 'Cinema Bus' contains the necessary equipment to offer outdoors screening to up to 500 people.
The initiative, funded by the European Union and launched by the local 'Save Youth Future society', offers a selection of films meant to promote the values of peace, tolerance and non-violence, according to project coordinator Mahmoud al-Hebrbawi.
(Production: Arafat Barbakh, Mohammad Shana, Suheir Sheikh)
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