Gal Gadot, star of the hit movie Wonder Woman, is planning to host a special screening of footage that depicts the atrocities committed by Hamas terrorists during their October 7th attack on Israel. The screening, which is set to take place in Los Angeles and New York, will be attended by an exclusive group of celebrities and prominent figures.
According to reports from Israeli news outlet 124, Gadot and her husband, Yaron Varsano, were instrumental in making the screening possible. Oscar-winning director Guy Nattiv, who spearheaded the initiative, revealed that the couple helped secure a venue and organize the invite list.
The 47-minute footage being shown is said to be deeply disturbing, as it contains graphic scenes of murder, beheadings, and mass rapes carried out by Hamas terrorists during their attack on Israel. The video, which was captured by the terrorists themselves, has already been viewed by hundreds of journalists and members of the Israeli parliament.
In an interview with 124, Nattiv explained the reasoning behind the screening, stating, "As a filmmaker, I swore that these images of October 7 would not be forgotten, and the world would see them. Because now the denial begins – it is a fake, it is not a fake (…) We cannot pass by in silence.”
The plan is to have one initial screening for 120 viewers, with the possibility of additional screenings depending on interest. Nattiv hopes to reach a diverse audience with the screening, including those with film experience and those who may not be familiar with the situation in Israel.
The video has already been shown to a small group of international journalists in late October, but it was not initially intended for public release out of respect for the victims and their families. However, due to the intense nature of the footage and the need to bring awareness to the situation, the decision was made to hold screenings in the U.S.
The events captured in the footage include the massacre at the Nova music festival, where bodies were shown in body bags stacked on top of each other. It also includes footage of Hamas firing into portable toilets and bomb shelters where Israelis were hiding.
The screenings have been labeled “Bearing Witness to the October 7th Massacre” and are being organized by the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. They will be by invitation only, with one screening at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles on November 6th.
Nattiv, who recently directed the biopic Golda about former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, posted a redacted image of the screening invitation on social media with the caption, “Because the world needs to know. #neveragainisnow"
It is clear that the goal of these screenings is to raise awareness and shed light on the events that occurred during the Hamas attack, and to ensure that the world never forgets the atrocities committed on October 7th.