Public Affairs Video News Magazine Episode #378 of "Media Edge" (August 4-6):
"Sleepless in Gaza... and Jerusalem" (21 minutes) Day 68: Sit in at Al Quds Radio in Gaza at a call-in program during which people tell their problems and philanthropists amongst the listeners help. To see this with her own eyes, Farah goes out to look at a case in which 10 people live in one room - their home for the past 20 years. Meet Abu Mohammad and Um Mohammad and meet their kids: this room is like a prison cell, Abu Mohammad says. Why doesn't he work? An anonymous person had heard the story on the radio show and built them a 3-bedroom home complete with a toilet and kitchen. See the new home. What a contrast!
"Sleepless in Gaza... and Jerusalem" (26 minutes) Day 69: Druze men and women ex-prisoners travel from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights to visit their peers in the occupied Palestinian Jerusalem. They first stop to pay condolences at Raed Abu Hammad's house, then head to Selwan to show solidarity with its people. See the old generation of prisoners sit with the new generation of prisoners. What is the difference between Ashira's Jerusalem travel document and that given to someone from the Golan Heights? Who are the Druze who serve in the Israeli Military? Meet Naser, who spent his youth in prison and was released three months ago. How does he describe being in prison? Nebal of the Sleepless Crew shows old footage of rescue workers removing the child Eman Baloushah from the rubble during the Israeli attacks on Gaza. Little Eman lost five sisters when the Mosque next door and their home were hit by an Israeli airstrike and collapsed on them. Nebal takes her to Jabalya to meet the family. See Abu Mohamad, the father, describe exactly what happened on location. The rubble of their home remains a witness to what Israel describes as a "war" and dubbed "Operation Cast Lead."
"Getting Out" (62 minutes) This documentary shows the impact that the Rehabilitation Through the Arts program has had on former prisoners trying to reestablish their lives. Filmed inside the walls of the notorious "Sing Sing" prison in New York, this video documents the 15-year incarceration and subsequent release of two inmates. It also highlights the difficulties many former prisoners experience trying to reestablish life outside of prison walls. This documentary was created by David Bagnall and George Stoney. Known as "the father of public access TV" by video activists across the US, Stoney passed away on July 12 at the age of 96. He is also known for his other documentaries, including the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary "We Shall Overcome", "All My Babies" in 1953 (which was recently inducted into the National Film Registry), "The Uprising of '34" and "The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time."
"Yes We Can, Can" (5 minutes) A music video by Media Edge producer Michael Stavros, blending inspirational images with the music of Maria Muldaur.