Twin Filmmakers from Gaza See Their First Movie in a Theater

Twin Filmmakers from Gaza See Their First Movie in a Theater

Oct 21, 2011

Imagine never having stepped foot inside a movie theater before. Weird right? Most of us — if you're reading this site — grew up on movies, and have fond memories of seeing our first feature on the big screen. Twins Tarzan and Arab from the Gaza strip have never watched a movie inside an actual theater, but Austin's Alamo Drafthouse is changing that for them this weekend. On Sunday, the brothers — whose award-winning short Colorful Journey — will be in one of the world's most unique theaters to experience their first film.

When their short was shown in the West Bank and in London, the brothers were unable to attend their own opening. Their story touched Alamo. "I was incredibly moved by the passion that the brothers had for film despite their limited access and resources.  Harry Knowles at Ain't It Cool News brought this story to my attention, and we immediately began scheming to bring the brothers to Austin," said Alamo Drafthouse founder/CEO Tim League. It wasn't easy getting them to the US, but the brothers will be screening Ingmar Bergman's Cries and Whispers — one of Tarzan and Arab's all-time favorite films.

If you'd like to help them make their first feature film, please consider a donation to their Kickstarter campaign. Godspeed Tarzan and Arab. Check out the trailer for their short below.

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