Q&A Discussion to follow with Matt Olsen, Founder of Gaza Surf Club and panelists, Aziz Abu-Sarah and Elkana Bar-Eitan. The panelists will be presenting their personal stories about their lives on each end of the Israeli socio-political spectrum. Aziz is a Palestinian from East Jerusalem who lost his brother in battle with the IDF and Elkana is an Israeli who lost his brother-in-law in a terror attack two years ago. Aziz and Elkana are committed to building bridges between different communities and hope to work together so all people can learn to understand “the other side” better.
Awards: Nominated for Best Documentary – Film Festival Max Ophuls Preis, Nominated for Halekulani Golden Orchid Award – Hawaii International Film Festival, Nominated for Best Documentary – Jerusalem Film Festival, Nominated for Social Justice Award – Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Nominated for People’s Choice Award (Documentary) – Toronto International Film Festival
Gaza – a strip of land with a population of 1.7 million citizens, wedged between Israel and Egypt and isolated from the outside world. 26 miles of coastline with a harbor that no longer services ships. Hardly anything gets into Gaza and even less gets out. The young generation is growing up with very little perspective – occupied and jobless. But against this background there is a small movement. Our protagonists are part of the surf community of Gaza City. Around 40 surfboards have been brought into the country over the past decades with great effort and despite strict sanctions. It is those boards that give them an opportunity to experience a small slice of freedom – between the coastal reminder of a depressing reality and the Israeli – controlled three – mile marine border.
Questions: Please call Jennifer Smith at 301-348-3778 or email.