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The Man Behind Gaza’s Great March Of Return - Courtesy of Al Jazeera Network

Al Jazeera, 25 mins

Double bill with Gaza Fights For Freedom

“What would happen if thousands of Gazans, most of them refugees, attempted to peacefully cross the fence that separated them from their ancestral lands?”

That was the question 33-year-old Palestinian poet and journalist Ahmed Abu Artema posted on Facebook.

His post went viral. It was a rallying cry that inspired a movement of peaceful protests known as the Great March of Return.

“Our hardships induced this scream for life,” the soft-spoken father explains. “The March of Return is a scream for life so that we may leave the walls of our prison.”

But the marches were met with violence, Israeli soldiers killed over 200 protesters and injured 36,000.

But as the cost in human suffering mounts, Ahmed battles with his conscience and the question of the power of non-violence.

Filmmaker: Karim Shah
Video editor: Dima GharbawiShaibani