Storytelling must not be peripheral to social movements – it must be at the center of revolutions. And who better to eloquently tell one of the most powerful stories of today than one of the most gifted artists of our generation. Banksy's take on a War-Torn gaza is shot as a satirical short film which promises to leave you with a chilled realization of the magnitude of disparity the city is coping with. Banksy skillfully embeds viewers into the reality of the citizens, giving you a heart-breaking snapshot of their lives.
For me - the most important part of the video is the end. Banksy leaves us not with a picture of hopelessness, but a call to action: "If we wash our hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless we side with the powerful - we don't remain neutral". I second that - We need to start seeing ourselves as part of the solution. We need to start raising our voices for those who have become voiceless. We need to start fighting for those who suffer from injustice. Banksy may be doing his part by using storytelling to catalyze change - but I implore everyone reading this piece to find your own unique way to raise your voice, use your minds and follow your hearts to stand up for humanity.
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. (Israel argues that the militant group Hamas fires rockets out of civilian areas. At least five Israeli civilians and 67 soldiers were killed in the conflict.) 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.