Channel 4

Children of Gaza

This is a Documentary that is filmed under the Dispatches series, the “award winning investigative current affairs programme”

Dispatches – Videos – Children of Gaza – Channel 4. 2013. Dispatches – Videos – Children of Gaza – Channel 4. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 12 December 2013].

i cannot embed the video, so in the harvard reference above, is the link to the page with the short clip outlining the essentials of the documentary. the full documentary is no longer available on ‘4OD’

The very first to lines from the clip, are as follows ‘ Before the war, i was only thinking about my education. but since the war, i only think about defending my country.’

Immediately, the emotional response i personally receive from the first few seconds, is very similar to the one i received from the ISM ‘Reports” page. this is a very different scene, from the one painted by the BBC’s ‘Life in the Gaza Strip’ News page.

the Mis-en-scene, in this video is very destructive. the boy is sitting in the rubble of a destroyed building. he’s wearing tacky clothes. his face is dirty. personally, i can feel a sense of dehydration just from looking at those shots. the representation of the palestinian situation, is much more gloom, and saddening in this documentary.

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above, are screenshots, displaying the Mis-en-scene, described above.

“(a) demonstrates innovation, experiment and creativity in the form and content of programmes;

(b) appeals to the tastes and interests of a culturally diverse society;

(c) makes a significant contribution to meeting the need for the licensed public service channels to include programmes of an educational nature and other programmes of educative value; and

(d) exhibits a distinctive character.”

Channel 4’s Remit – Channel 4 – Info – Corporate. 2013. Channel 4’s Remit – Channel 4 – Info – Corporate. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 10 December 2013].

Above is the remit for channel 4. from this, we can see that they must show ‘programmes of an educational nature and other programmes of educative value’. 

this documentary is fulfilling the requirements of the channels remit. it is a culturally diverse programme, has an educational purpose, and exhibits a distinct feel, in comparison with the BBC News page’s depiction of Palestine.

“Children of Gaza” focuses partially on the Islamic Jihad resistance in Palestine. it seems to voice a lot of palestinian opinions on killing jews, as well as create an empathy for the palestinians. this emits a feel of absolute realism, and a lack of manipulation of their current state.

this documentary, has definitely provided me with a sense of life in Palestine, which i can surely use in my practical artefact. i also learned, from this, the passion, and hatred towards the jewish army, in some palestinian people.

Channel 4’s representation in that of a different nature to the BBC’s. The BBC seems to focus on Palestine as a state. it focuses on the economy, education, or all round statistical data. it is a much more quantitive evaluation of the palestinian situation. Channel 4 however, seems to go deeper, and focus on the people within the state. it aims to create an emotional response from the audience, while still remaining as neutral and unbiased as possible.



the channel 4 news page, dedicated to palestinian news, is much different to that of the BBC. the headlines, as shown below, are much more directly relevant to the situation. there is political information, as well as information directly relevant to the people of palestine. again, it seem not to be biased towards or against palestine or israel. there are some article, for example ‘israel releases 26 palestinian prisoners’ which are pro israeli democracy, as well as others such as ‘Hamas leader sets his sights on liberating palestine’, suggesting palestine’s unfair occupation by israel, and therefor being a pro palestine article. the realism emitted from this news page, seems viable.

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Palestine – Channel 4 News. 2013. Palestine – Channel 4 News. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 13 December 2013]



the channel 4 news page, seems a lot more involved in the current situation in palestine. its representation of the situation, seems biased, but toward both parties of this conflict, and therefor neutralising any overall biased viewpoints. the BBC however, is in a way representing ‘Britain’, and therefor, understandably so, seems more reserved in delving into any specific stories, that can be used to accuse the BBC of opinionating in any sort of way.


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