Banksy goes undercover in Gaza, releases mini-documentary
The unidentified street artist Banksy has re-emerged in Gaza to create a political mini-documentary about life inside the war-torn region.
In the short film, posted to his official website on Wednesday, the artist appears to enter Gaza via underground tunnels before emerging through a metal door and into the rubble.
Typical of Banksy's work, the video is a pointed political statement about the dire situation for residents of Gaza. At least 2,200 Palestinians were killed in last summer's war with Israel, according to the United Nations.
The video is also sharply satirical, framed as a travel ad that begins by saying, "Make this the year you discover a new destination." Glowing descriptions flash by such as "nestled in an exclusive setting," as the cameraman pans to show areas of total destruction, and "watched over by friendly neighbours," before listing the number of homes blown up by missile fire.
Among the destroyed buildings and bleak reality, Banksy is shown painting a piece titled "Bomb Damage" that depicts the Greek goddess Niobe cowering and weeping in the only part that remains of a building. The goddess, a bereaved mother who lost her children due to pride, illustrates in Greek mythology how the gods will not hesitate to take vengeance on human arrogance.
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