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FROM UNDER THE RUBBLE is a high impact feature length documentary that prompts us to examine the personal, emotional and psychological toll of armed conflict on defenseless civilian populations, in particular, women and children. The story of what happened to the Samouni family during the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2009 challenges the audience to stand in the shoes of the survivors of what has become known as the Samouni massacre.

Zeinat and her seven children live with the shocking memory of what happened to their family during Operation Cast Lead that saw forty-eight  family members dead and many more injured.  The psychological damage and trauma does not end.  It continues on with each ensuing conflict.  Zeinat's six year old daughter Ansam and her siblings have now lived through three wars.  Zeinat tells me when the bombings begin, she blocks the window and tells her children it is only a storm and what they hear is thunder and lightning.  

When we approached them about this documentary Zeinat responded that she  had been interviewed before but no one until now was interested in knowing what if felt like for a mother and children to live through such a catastrophe.  Amal, her eldest daughter who suffers daily from the 15 pieces of shrapnel in her head, responded by saying she wants the world to know what happened to them.  She does not want it to be ignored and forgotten.

FROM UNDER THE RUBBLE, as shown in the trailer above, is their personal experience of what happened in the week that the Israeli army came to their farming region during Operation Cast Lead in January 2009.  Through their personal story we as filmmakers want to give an insight into the plight of women and children, not just in Gaza, but in conflict zones throughout the world. This story belongs to them all.

The support of the many individuals who donated to the financing of the film has made possible the production of a high quality program. Now that the film is finished we are seeking donations to help with the distribution of this important film. Donations can be made in any size.  It is a matter of what you can afford and how passionate you feel about trying to raise awareness of the plight of the Palestinians.


The film is being screened at Film Festivals around Australia over the next six months and we would like to launch a more extensive season in cinemas during 2018.  In order to finance publicity and marketing costs - which is an essential part of bringing the film to a wide audience - we are seeking donations of any size. 


For those wishing to give a tax deductible donation you can do so by going to our page on the Documentary Australia Website  Donations through DAF are tax deductable within Australia.

For more information and to keep up with progress please visit our facebook page



I am an experienced filmmaker with over twenty-five years working within the film industry, with numerous credits in drama and documentary.  For me, part of the process of making this documentary is also to work with filmmakers in Gaza to help them build up their skills and to assist them to have a voice on an international platform.  

I went to Gaza and was overcome by the warmth and resilience of its people.  Zeinat Samouni is a lioness, and the mother of all mothers.  What she and her children have had to endure defies the imagination.   Every day is a struggle for her to feed her children. Every day is a struggle for her to deal with their emotional trauma, let alone her own.  The stigma of being a widowed single mother makes it even more difficult for her.  Her last words to me when I left Gaza were, "Anne, don't forget us."  The words are etched into my brain and this makes me determined to make this documentary.  Her children stole my heart - they are my children now too.  

Anne in the middle with Zeinat and her children - take 6yrs off their ages to understand how young they were at the time.


Fadi Hanona is a Palestinian cameraman and photographer working inside Gaza on news and current affairs for international broadcasters.

"FROM UNDER THE RUBBLE is the current film I am working on with director and producer Anne. I have feeling this film is quite different from all the films that I have worked on. We have made a great effort me and Anne and the translator Ebaa. I talk to you as a person and fimmaker living in the Gaza Strip. It must show the world what is happening here so I hope you can help in the production of this film by donating. Every day here is a struggle for us. We are locked away from the world. When Anne came to Gaza, it gave us hope, and for me as a filmmaker to be able to make such an important documentary."
Thank you


 John Moore is the principal of Melbourne based production company Sensible Films. He has over twenty years experience as an independent producer. His latest film, the feature length documentary PUTUPARRI AND THE RAINMAKERS premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August 2015, won Australia's richest film prize in September and screened at festivals around the world during 2016.

"I am delighted to have recently come on board to work with Anne and Fadi on seeing this important documentary come to fruition.  FROM UNDER THE RUBBLE takes a very personal POV, looking at the conflict through the experiences of one Palestinian family. It is a big responsibility telling such an emotive story in the context of such a highly contested conflict.  There is however a lot of material to inform our work as the war has been critiqued by an independent UN team in the Goldstone Report and several books have been written about it including by Australian philosopher Raymond Gaita.  I hope we can do justice to both sides of the conflict."


Ken Sallows is one of Australia's most experienced and highly respected editors working on everything from art house films to action movies and many award winning observational documentaries.  His credits include MALCOLM, PROOF, LOVE AND OTHER CATASTROPES, CHOPPER, GETTIN’ SQUARE, TOM WHITE and THE COMBINATION.

"I have been fortunate to work on editing a very good rough cut of Anne's film, FROM UNDER THE RUBBLE. I believe it is quite a remarkable film that Anne is making, for her intention is not to make a political diatribe, but a humanist film about survival. Help spread the word!"
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Dear supporters,

We will be screening FROM UNDER THE RUBBLE at the Piccadilly Cinema in Adelaide on the 29th August, at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available on the Wallis Cinema website

Please share with your friends and your networks to help make it a great night.

In solidarity
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We are happy to announce that FROM UNDER THE RUBBLE is going to Parliament House, Canberra for a special event screening, hosted by the Parliamentary Friends of Palestine and the Palestinian Embassy.

Please share with your Canberra friends.
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Dear crowdfunding supporters.
The film is finished and so proud to say that it is currently in the Adelaide Film Festival in competition for best documentary. We have our second screening at the festival Thursday 12th 6pm at the Mercury Cinema.

The film will also have a special preview screening in both Melbourne and Sydney.
Sydney 30th October 7pm Palace Cinema Norton Street, Leichhardt.
Melbourne 4th November Nova Cinema, Lygon Street, Carton.

We are also looking at having a cinema release in April/May next year.

Exciting things are happening for the film thanks to your contribution.

Hope to see you there at the screenings. Please come up and say hello.

Best from John Moore and I.

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I'm very excited to announce that From Under the Rubble will have its world premiere on Saturday October 7th at 4.15pm on the opening weekend of the Adelaide Film Festival. The second festival screening is on Thursday 12th at 6pm. Thanks to all our funders its an extraordinary film and not to be missed. One that will stay with you long after the credits roll. We are also proud to announce it has been selected in competition for best documentary at both the Adelaide Film Festival and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Any funders from Adelaide who will like a ticket to the premiere can contact
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Terry Dorney
17 months ago

Wish I could do more!

18 months ago
David Donaldson
18 months ago

Well done, Anne.

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25 months ago

great work as usual

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