The Gaza Strip has been called “the world’s largest open-air prison,” but amidst the media’s coverage of the area, it’s easy to forget that it borders the Mediterranean, and the beautiful sea has brought its own share of surfers to traverse the coastline. Philip Gnadt and Mickey Yamine’s new documentary “Gaza Surf Club” enters the world of the surfers on the Gaza Strip and the social forces of the region offer great challenges for the young generation who desperately want to feel the open water. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below and check out the poster as well.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Gnadt and Yamine say that, “The film is not a report on Middle Eastern society; it’s a story. We chose a small group of people for their individual aspirations and attempted to show beauty and hope in a place known by most for quite the opposite. If we manage to make a few people think — whether it be about the similarities and differences in cultures or how happiness is relative to what opportunities you are given — then this film has had a purpose.”
“Gaza Surf Club” screens on September 9th, 11th, 14th, and 17th at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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