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Death in Gaza 

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James Miller, the director of this gripping documentary about Palestinian children, was killed by rifle fire last year as he and writer Saira Shah approached an Israeli tank at night waving a white flag. Completed by Shah, his 2003 video documents the agony of life in the Gaza Strip, where the journalists get to know two 12-year-old boys, Ahmed and Mohammed, who've already been infected with the mania for Islamist martyrdom. In a world where children collect scattered flesh after missile attacks and compose good-bye letters to their families in case they're killed in the street, their eagerness to become suicide bombers makes perfect sense. Like no other documentary I've seen, this captures the hatred, anguish, and privation that fuel the intifada. 77 min. Showing as part of the opening night program for the second annual Chicago International Documentary Festival, along with Naofumi Nakamura's Marina (see separate listing). Tickets are $15; for a festival schedule see www.chicagodocfestival.org or pick up next week's Reader. Univ. of Chicago Doc Films. --J.R. Jones

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