2019 Summer Film Series: “The Apollo of Gaza” by Nicolas Wadimoff

Wednesday | June 19 | 6:00 p.m.
* A very light snack will be served at 5:30 p.m.
** This series is co-sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

In 2013, a 2,000-year-old statue of Apollo was found near Gaza, only to disappear all of a sudden. Apollo, god of art, beauty and divinations, incites all sorts of rumors, even the craziest ones. The Apollo of Gaza, produced and distributed by the National Film Board of Canada, is at once an inquiry and a meditation on history, plunging us into the barely known reality of a territory that is still paying the price of wars and a merciless blockade, but where life also subsists, undefeated. By bringing a little light to the sky of Gaza, the statue and its stupefying story could return some dignity and hope to all people. Switzerland, Canada | 2018, 78 min. 

To watch a trailer of the film click here. To read a review of the film, click here.

Nicolas Wadimoff made a name for himself with his award-winning debut film Clandestins (1997), which received the Don Quijote Prize in Locarno. This was followed by several films, including 15, rue des Bains (2000), Kadogo (2002) and Aisheen – Still Alive in Gaza (2010). In 2012, he made the feature Opération Libertad, followed by three documentaries: Chasseurs de crimes (2013), Spartans (2014) and Jean Ziegler, l’optimisme de la volonté (2016).