Gaza Surf Club Screens at the Goethe-Institut Cairo on April 15
Goethe-Institut Cairo is going to screen the feature documentary Gaza Surf Club by directors Philip Gnadt and Mickey Yamine on Sunday, April 15, at 08:00 PM, as part of its Goethe Film Week (April 12-19) that is going to screen 16 films from all over the world. This comes in the heels of the film's commercial release in Kuwaiti theaters, marking the first documentary film release in Kuwait.
In 2018, the film took part in the Haifa Independent Film Festival (HIFF) and the MONA Film Festival. In November, 2017, the film received the University Juries Award for Best Documentary at the MedFilm Festival in Rome, Italy.
Trapped in "the world's largest open-air prison" and ruled by war, a new generation is drawn to the country's coastline. Sick of occupation and political gridlock, they find their own personal freedom in the waves of the Mediterranean - they are the surfers of Gaza.
Directed by Philip Gnadt and Mickey Yamine and co-produced by Stephanie Yamine, Gaza Surf Club is a feature documentary film that stars Sabah Abu Ghanem, Mohammed Abu Jayab and Ibrahim Arafat. MAD Solutions is handling the film's distribution in the Arab world and released the film commercially in Kuwaiti theatres.
In 2013, the film project received the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The film landed its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Recently, the film received a Special Mention at the Days of Cinema in Palestine. It was nominated for the Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival. The film took part in several film festivals including the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), Carthage Film Festival (JCC), Arab Cinema Week in New York, Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC, Houston Palestine Film Festival, Troms√ł International Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media, and the Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt International Film Festival.