Gaza Freedom Flotilla

Gaza Freedom Flotilla

On May 31, 2010, director Iara Lee was on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla when it was attacked by Israeli naval forces. The flotilla was an effort to bring humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip, and the largest ship in the flotilla was the Mavi Marmara. In the early morning hours of May 31, Israeli commandos boarded the Mavi Marmara and opened fire on civilian passengers, killing at least nine passengers and wounding dozens more. Despite Israeli attempts to confiscate all footage taken during the attack on the ship, Iara Lee retained some footage, which she later screened at the United Nations. Below, you will find one-hour and fifteen-minute versions of her raw footage, as well as three short films about the attack and its aftermath:








  • Israeli Attack on the Mavi Marmara (1-hour version) features raw footage of the May 31, 2010, attack by Israeli naval forces on ships bringing humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. 1 hour.







  • Israeli Attack on the Mavi Marmara - May 31, 2010 (15-minute version) shows raw footage from the May 31, 2010 attack. Showing a terrifying disregard for human life, Israeli naval forces surrounded and boarded ships sailing to bring humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip. On the largest ship, the Mavi Marmara, Israeli commandos opened fire on civilian passengers, killing at least 9 passengers and wounding dozens more. Despite the Israeli government’s thorough efforts to confiscate all footage taken during the attack, Iara Lee and director of photography Srdjan Stojilijkovic were able to retain some of her recordings. 15 minutes.







  • Iara Lee's UN Press Conference shows the opening statement and highlights from CoR Director Iara Lee's June 2010 press conference at the United Nations in New York, during which she presented the raw footage of the Mavi Marmara attack. 13 minutes.







  • CoR Director Iara Lee Testifies to the UN on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla includes excerpts of footage from the attack on the Mavi Marmara and of Iara Lee's testimony at the United Nations on June 10, 2010. Despite the Israeli government’s efforts to confiscate all footage taken during the attack, Lee and CoR Director of Photography Srdjan Stojiljkovic were able to retain some of the video they captured. 3 minutes.







  • Love Boat or Hate Boat? An Interview with IHH features an original interview with the vice president of Turkish-NGO IHH, who highlights the true humanitarian work of his organization. 5 minutes.