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Gaza is Calling

A moving tribute to homeland and friendship.


‘Gaza is Calling’ by Sudanese-Canadian artist Mustafa, brought to life through the visionary direction of Hiam Abbass and Sakir Khader. This short music video strikes a delicate balance between nostalgia and sorrow, enveloped in a narrative that is both intimate and universally resonant.

At the heart of the film is the poignant journey of a mother (portrayed with subtlety by Bella Hadid) and her teenage son (played by MC Abdul). Their bond, shaped by the shared love and memory of their homeland, Palestine, is palpable. Hadid’s portrayal is an exemplar in restrained emotion, while Abdul brings a raw energy that is both endearing and heartbreaking.

Interwoven with their story is real-life footage of Israa Ahmad Ar’arawi and Younes Ahmad Ar’arawi, refugees from the Jenin camp. This inclusion of documentary-style segments grounds the narrative in the harsh realities of displacement and destruction. The harrowing visuals of the conflict’s aftermath are gut-wrenching, serving as a stark reminder of the ongoing struggles faced by those in the region.

The cinematography is breathtaking, with a melancholic beauty that stays in your mind. The music, Mustafa’s hallmark, weaves through the narrative with a somber yet loving tone, a tribute to friendship and memory. It’s a perfect blend of melancholia and melody, amplifying the film’s emotional depth.

‘Gaza is Calling’ is a beautifully crafted, deeply impactful piece of art. It’s a narrative that speaks volumes with its subtle performances and striking visuals, making it a must-watch for anyone seeking a poignant, authentic glimpse into the human side of conflict.

Bella Hadid Gaza is Calling


Runtime: 5 min

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