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Title Hamas : behind the mask / directed, written and produced by Shelley Saywell
Published 2006


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS  300 Ced/Ges  2006/02/28 (DVD)  AVAILABLE
Description 1 videodisc (DVD) (50 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Series Cutting edge (Television program)
Summary "A film by Emmy-awarding winning director Shelley Saywell, Hamas: Behind The Mask is a journey inside one of the world's most secretive and controversial political organisations. Shot during 2004 and 2005, it documents a transformative time as Hamas entered the political arena, even as its main leaders were assassinated one by one. Interviews with leaders in hiding, militants and activists are juxtaposed with Israeli experts and victims, as the film examines how Hamas turned the once secular struggle for Palestine into a religiously motivated Jihad. What emerges is a portrait of a starkly resilient group; when thousands of their members were imprisoned they turned the prison into a university for ideological discourse. When faced with Israeli fences and lock-downs against their attacks, they dug underground. When their leaders were killed, their recruitment grew. Their popularity in the Palestinian street kept growing, in part because of their vast social network and in part because their armed resistance appealed most when public desperation was highest. And even though they were put on the international terrorist list by the US, they were able to increase their funding. On the world front, Hamas has become a pivotal player in any real and meaningful peace prospects. As Hamas now enters the political arena they face a strategic question. Will they play inside the box? Hamas: Behind The Mask is a look at the people behind the stereo-typed terrorist mask, who have become a major force in shaping the future of a Palestinian state and an end to the enduring Middle Eastern conflict. (From Canada, in English, Arabic and Hebrew, with English subtitles) CC WS" -- website
Notes Off-air recording of SBS-TV broadcast February 28, 2006. Copied under Part VA of the Copyright Act
Credits Co-producer Deborah Parks
Notes DVD
Rated: M
Available for Deakin University staff and students only
Subject Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-Islāmīyah
Arab-Israeli conflict -- 1993-
Author Saywell, Shelley
Parks, Deborah