A new documentary called “Gaza” is hitting the screens at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival this week, providing a colorful glimpse of life in the blockaded Hamas-ruled territory.

But one of its main subjects, Gaza actor and playwright Ali Abu Yaseen, won’t be attending the gathering due to the very circumstances depicted in the film.

Abu Yaseen had hoped to make his first-ever trip to the U.S. to take part in the festival. But the continued closure of Gaza’s border with Egypt, and Hamas’ bureaucratic inefficiency, made it impossible for him to reach Cairo in time to receive a visa from the American Embassy needed to travel to Utah.

After missing Tuesday’s premiere, Abu Yaseen has all but given up hope of reaching Utah. The film’s final screening is Saturday.

In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 photo, Palestinian actor and playwright Ali Abu Yaseen,  checks his laptop during an interview in his home at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 photo, Palestinian actor and playwright Ali Abu Yaseen, checks his laptop during an interview in his home at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 photo, Palestinian actor and playwright Ali Abu Yaseen gives an interview in his home at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 photo, Palestinian actor and playwright Ali Abu Yaseen gives an interview in his home at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 photo, Palestinian actor and playwright Ali Abu Yaseen, 55, gives an interview in his home at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 photo, Palestinian actor and playwright Ali Abu Yaseen, 55, gives an interview in his home at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 photo, Palestinian actor and playwright Ali Abu Yaseen points to an image on his laptop from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival website, during an interview in his home at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 photo, Palestinian actor and playwright Ali Abu Yaseen points to an image on his laptop from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival website, during an interview in his home at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

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