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Cur-films: Gaza Surf Club

Date of Event: 14-May-2020 -

Time of Event: 17:00

Location of Event: Online

While keeping social distancing, movies can bring us close to each other!

The Royal Film Commission – Jordan is pleased to present to you


A free online screening program every Monday & Thursday

The link to watch the film will be shared on our social media platforms

On Thursday 14th of May 2020 at 5 PM LT

Join us “online” to watch the Documentary Film

“Gaza Surf Club”

The film is available thanks to the cooperation and support of MAD Solutions

Gaza Surf Club

Mickey Yamine and Philip Gnadt, 87 min, Documentary, Arabic and English with English and Arabic subtitles, Germany, 2016

Gaza, a strip of land with a population of 1.7 million citizens wedged between Israel and Egypt and isolated from the outside world. 42 kilometers of coastline with a harbor that no longer services ships. Hardly anything gets in to Gaza and even less gets out.

Trapped in “the world’s largest open-air prison” and ruled by war, the young generation in Gaza is growing up with very little perspective; occupied and jobless. However, against this background there is a small movement as a new generation is drawn to the beaches. The film’s protagonists are part of the surf community of Gaza City. About 40 surfboards have been brought into the country over the past decades with great effort and despite strict sanctions. It is those boards that give them an opportunity to experience a small slice of freedom - between the coastal reminder of a depressing reality and the Israeli controlled 3-mile marine border. Sick of occupation and political gridlock, they find their own personal freedom in the waves of the Mediterranean; they are the surfers of Gaza.

The Coronavirus has changed our reality. Today, we cannot leave our homes after curfew, we cannot travel abroad or even move between cities. The world is no longer a “small village”, as it is said. Instead, every country is isolated from the outside world, just like the case of Gaza Strip has been for decades. Abu Jayab – 42 years – says in the film: “We can’t leave the country. If this was for a couple of days, even a year or two, no problem. But from the moment you’re born until you die, there is no hope.” and that sums it up. Once again, quarantine brings us closer to the reality of Gaza under siege.

The world premiere of the film was at Toronto International Film Festival. It has won the Film Prize of Robert Bosch Stiftung in 2013 and was nominated for the Justice Award at the Santa Barbra International Film Festival and the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival. The film has also participated in several film festivals including International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Dubai International Film Festival, Environmental Film Festival in Washington, Houston Palestine Film Festival Litcher Filmfest Frankfurt International. It was as well screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Film Trailer