A director gives instructions to actors dressed as Israeli policemen during a shoot of the “Heaven’s Gate” series in Khan Younes. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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Surrounded by training sites on uprooted Jewish settlement lands, the first movie set in the Gaza Strip is growing, depicting the history-rich, volatile alleyways of occupied Jerusalem's Old City.Gaza's population of about 2 million live in mostly cramped conditions in the coastal sandy territory compared to the rugged mountain terrain of the occupied West Bank, so crews have struggled to film the twisting ancient alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City.Israel occupied East Jerusalem, home to the Old City with its holy sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, in the 1967 war.One portraying ultra-Orthodox Jews and the other Palestinian residents of Jerusalem trying to prevent the Jews from entering the holy site compound that is still under construction.Most of the film crew has never been to Jerusalem. They secured footage of Jerusalem and the West Bank separately.
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