GAZA – “I’ve never gone to a film festival or a real cinema before. It was a dream,” said 19-year-old Ali Khaled during the opening ceremony of the Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival in Gaza.
“I always watch the Oscar awards on TV and see celebrities walking on the red carpet. I can’t believe that we have one and I’m walking on it right now,” he added.
To commemorate 100 years since the Balfour declaration – which paved the way to establishing the state of Israel – the 100-metre long red carpet was laid down at the port of Gaza. The concrete pavement underneath was built from the remains of houses destroyed during several wars with Israel.