The Apollo of Gaza

The Apollo of Gaza

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In 2013, an ancient statue of Apollo was found in the waters off Gaza—before disappearing under mysterious circumstances. Is it the work of forgers, or a gift from the gods to a Palestinian people desperately in need of hope? Soon the rumours start to swirl, while behind the scenes local and international players start jostling—some driven by historical preservation and others by purely commercial interests. Filmed in Gaza and Jerusalem, The Apollo of Gaza plays out like a mystery built around a national treasure that is the stuff of dreams. The Apollo of Gaza is an engaging reflection on the passage of time and the fragility of civilizations, as well as a poetic and philosophical meditation that immerses us in the often-misunderstood realities of life in a place that continues to pay a heavy price for the seemingly endless Israeli-Palestinian conflict—a place where life doggedly carries on, resisting. Like a meteor streaking across the sky, the statue of Apollo brings a moment of light and beauty to Gaza. Can it help restore dignity to a people, revealing a glorious history and fostering pride in a nation often misrepresented and demeaned?

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Credits
  • director
    Nicolas Wadimoff
  • participant
    Jean-Baptiste Humbert
    Walid Al-Aqqad
    Jawdat Abu Ghurab
    Nafez Abed
    Jawdat Khoudary
    Heyam Al-Bitar
    Sofiane Salman
    Gil Chaya
    Fadel Al-Otol
    Tania Cohen-Uzzielli
    Jean-Michel de Terragon
    Mgr Alexios
    Marc-André Haldimann
    Mohammed Khalla
    Sami Abu Salem
    Sami Ajrami
  • producer
    Colette Loumède
    Philippe Coeytaux
  • images
    Franck Rabel
  • sound
    Carlos Ibanez Diaz
  • editing
    Christine Hoffet
  • narration
    Bruno Todeschini
  • sound design
    Benoît Dame
  • music
    Claude Fradette
  • sound editing
    Jérémie Jones
  • foley
    Stéphane Cadotte
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin