French film documents courage of Palestinian athletes and brutality of occupation: A Film

    Filmmaker Patrice Forget shot an original documentary that is based on a soccer match organized in the French town of Martigues, in July 2019, between a Palestinian team from Gaza and a French counterpart. All athletes on both teams were amputees.

    The film documents the lives of the young Gazans over the course of several days – of training, rest and leisure time with friends.

    The Palestinian amputees lost their legs mostly as a result of wounds sustained during their non-violent protests, dubbed the “Great March of Return”, held every Friday at the fence separating besieged Gaza Strip from Israel, starting in March 2018. Tens of thousands of protesters demanded the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees and an end to the Israeli hermetic siege on the impoverished Strip.

    Most of these injuries were caused by explosive bullets fired by Israeli snipers which made it impossible to save the limbs of protesters.