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Gaza Surf Club

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World premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, where it received wide critical acclaim.
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2016/ Germany87 min/ Documentary
Original Title
Gaza Surf Club
Trapped in "the world’s largest open-air prison" and ruled by war, a new generation is drawn to the beaches. Sick of occupation and political gridlock, they find their own personal freedom in the waves of the Mediterranean. They are the surfers of Gaza.
Sabah Abu Ghanem
Mohammed Abu Jayab
Ibrahim Arafat
Screenwriter: Philip Gnadt
Mickey Yamine
DOP: Niclas Reed Middleton
Editor: Marlene Assmann
Helmar Jungmann
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Production Company(ies)
Little Bridge Pictures
Benny Theisen
Stephanie Yamine
Andreas Schaap
Mickey Yamine
film festivals
film festivals Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Canada
film festivals Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), UAE
film festivals Hawaii International Film Festival, USA
film festivals Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA
film festivals International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Netherlands
film festivals Carthage Film Festival (JCC), Tunisia
film festivals Arab Cinema Week in New York, USA
film festivals Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC, USA
film festivals Houston Palestine Film Festival, USA
film festivals Tromsø International Film Festival, Norway
film festivals MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media, USA
film festivals Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt International, Germany
film festivals MONA Film Festival, Belgium
film festivals Haifa Independent Film Festival, Palestine
film festivals Palestine Cinema Days, Palestine
film festivals MedFilm Festival, Italy
film awards
film awards Special Mention at the Palestine Cinema Days, Palestine
University Juries Award for Best Documentary at the MedFilm Festival, Italy
“Audiences everywhere will be embracing “Gaza Surf Club,” an inspiring, warmhearted look at a group of resilient spirits who find a way to indulge their passion for surfing while living in the Gaza Strip, one of the world’s most battle-scarred locales.” Jay Weissberg - Variety

“Focusing on three figures in the surf culture of Gaza City, directors Philip Gnadt and Mickey Yamine open an intriguing window on life under occupation.“ Sheri Linden - The Hollywood Reporter

“This fun and easygoing doc uses the power of sport to strengthen and bolster individuals as they gain confidence and find themselves soaring with the freeing adrenaline rush of the waves.” Patrick Mullen - Point of View Magazine