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.

Category Documentary
Director Philip Gnadt, Mickey Yamine
Production Little Bridge Pictures
Country Germany
Format HD, DCP
Runtime 52/87 min
Year 2016
Broadcaster WDR
Language Arabic, English
Subtitles English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Arabic
Genre Human Rights, Politics, Society, Travel


  • “World Premiere“ Toronto International Film Festival, Canada (2016)
  • “Best of Fests“, IDFA, Netherlands (European Premiere) (2016)
  • Dubai IFF, U.A.E. (2016)
  • Biografilm Festival, Italy (2017)
  • Jerusalem FF, Israel (2017)
  • Santa Barbara IFF, USA (2017)
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece (2017)
  • ---and many more

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"A group of young men, as well as a few girls, hit the waves as a way of mentally escaping the Gaza Strip in this handsome, uplifting documentary." Variety

"Gaza Surf Club skirts a direct discussion of politics. It's not necessary." Screen International

"Politics is not the point of Gaza Surf Club -- it is, in fact, barely mentioned -- but the political situation there informs every part of this project." Vogue

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