Gaza Surf Club

Gaza Surf Club (doc.)

Saturday, 4.11. 20h, Youth center of Belgrade
Friday, 3.11. 21h, Cultural center of Novi Sad
Saturday, 4.11. 21h, KC Kupina Film (Puppet theatre of Nis)

Director: Philip Gnadt, Mickey Yamine
Country: Germany
Year: 2016
Runtime: 87’
Language: Arabic, English

Production: Little Bridge Pictures, Westdeutscher Rundfunk
Distribution: MAGNETFILM
Website: www.gazasurfclub.de
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International selection

Synopsis
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.

Director’s biography
Philip Gnadt studied at the Stuttgart Media University. His graduation film Zwölf Seiten earned him the audience award at the “Independent Days Karlsruhe” in 2010. He is working as a freelance director for corporate and documentary films. Together with Mickey Yamine he has been pursuing Gaza Surf Club since 2012.

Mickey Yamine grew up in Cairo and moved to Germany at 18. After various jobs in film and TV, he began his studies in film production at the HFF Film University in Babelsberg. He completed his graduation-film Tropic Of Bear in 2010, which won an honorable mention at Festival del Film in Locarno and was aired on German TV. Ever since, he has been producing numerous films and TV commercials in Cairo and Berlin. He founded the Berlin-based production company Little Bridge Pictures in 2013, together with fellows Andreas Schaap and Benny Theisen.
His latest productions include The Last Compartment, Gaza Surf Club and Print The Legend.

Festivals and awards
Toronto International Film Festival, 2016
Best of Fests, IDFA, Netherlands
Dubai International Film Festival, U.A.E, 2016
Hawaii International Film Festival, USA, 2016