This heartfelt documentary takes us into the world of the Gaza Strip's surfing enthusiasts and reveals a formidable resilience pulsing within a beleaguered population locked in between Egypt and Israel. The youth are constantly weary of the daily state of emergency, yet they seek and find meaning and perspective to their lives through surfing on the beaches of Gaza.
Mickey Yamine grew up in Cairo (Egypt) 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 (2016), Gaza Surf Club (2016) and Print the Legend (currently in pre-production).
Philip Gnadt gained first experiences as a camera assistant for five years in TV and cinema productions, before studying at the Media University in Stuttgart. In 2003 he received the sponsorship prize of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Film Industry for his documentary Paula. His graduation film Zwolf Seiten earned him the award at the Independent Days Karlsruhe (2010). He founded the production company Substanz Film in 2003 while also working as a freelance director for corporate and documentary films. Together with Mickey Yamine (Little Bridge Pictures) he has been pursuing Gaza Surf Club since 2012.
Director: Philip Gnadt, Mickey Yamine
Producer: Mickey Yamine, Stephanie Yamine, Benny Theisen, Andreas Schaap
Scriptwriter: Philip Gnadt, Mickey Yamine
DOP: Niclas Reed Middleton
Editor: Marlene Assmann, Helmar Jungmann
Composer: Sary Hany
Cast: Sabah Abu Ghanem, Mohammed Abu Jayab, Ibrahim Arafat