In the Heels of Its Successful Tour at International Film Festivals
Feature Documentary Gaza Surf Club Releases in Kuwaiti Theatres as of March 1
As part of its pan-Arab theatrical release, the documentary feature Gaza Surf Club by directors Philip Gnadt and Mickey Yamine will be released in Kuwaiti theatres as of Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at Cinescape Cinema, marking the first documentary to commercially release in Kuwaiti theatres.
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.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), the Arab Cinema Week in New York, the Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC, the Houston Palestine Film Festival, the Troms√ł International Film Festival, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media, and the Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt International Film Festival.