Coming to VOD tomorrow, Tuesday, April 11:
GAZA SURF CLUB
Philip Gnadt and Mickey Yamine
IDFA, MoMA Doc Fortnight, Dubai, Washington DC Environmental, Movies That Matter
A portrait of Gaza City residents who find a small taste of freedom through surfing.
Gnadt and Yamine profile several individuals who are part of the small surf culture of the beleaguered city, including the 42-year-old Mohammad, a fisherman who provides a sense of surfing’s ragtag local development after it was witnessed on television, as well as 15-year-old student Sabah, who has been forced to stop the sport on religious grounds because of her gender. Neither subject’s thread is particularly well-developed, leaving the bulk of this smaller film instead to Ibrahim, a 23-year-old jack of multiple trades whose quest to grow surfing in the area leads him to seek help from Matthew, an American who he hopes will help him get a visa towards the eventual goal of importing surfboards and other equipment.