For 11 days in May 2021, Gaza was bombed by Israel resulting in more than 260 fatalities – at least 67 were children. Through a collection of interviews, co-directors Mohammed Sawwaf and Michael Winterbottom portray the individual loss and sorrow of families and friends who lost their children in the bombing.
“The film is a very simple act of remembrance,” said Winterbottom. “It is easy to hear about a war in a far off country and not worry too much about it. This film tries to give the children, and the families who grieve for them, a voice. If people hear their stories, perhaps they will not be forgotten. If we can imagine ourselves in their place, we can understand that war is never a solution, it is always the problem.”
Narrated by Kate Winslet and with music by Max Richter, Eleven Days in May is an unvarnished visual diary, focusing on the children who lost their lives, their hobbies, and their dreams, giving these families and their grief a voice.
Following the screening there will be an online Q&A with one of the director’s, Mohammed Sawwaf.
Eleven Days in May