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Image from Gaza Surf Club film

Tuesday 23th of Januar 2018

Address: Maridalsveien 3, 0178 Oslo


Welcome to the screening of Gaza Surf Club followed by conversations with some of the surfers in Gaza. Get to know another side of Gaza through the surfers and the beach life.

This first event of It's Hard to be an Arab by Motaz al Habbash, who will have monthly events at Tenthaus Oslo.


About the film: 

Locked away from the rest of the world, the young people of Gaza dream of leaving behind their isolated strip of land. Some find an escape in surfing. The group’s mentor, Abu Jayab, has taught them how to ride the waves. One of the kids, Ibrahim, dreams of learning how to make surfboards and one day opening a surf club. Sabah, whose father taught her to swim and surf, is no longer permitted to play in the water, as it is not considered acceptable behavior by a young woman.

This charming documentary shows how surfing give kids an opportunity to experience a small slice of freedom. With Gaza’s bombed out ruins as a backdrop, we follow them into the waves.

Orginal title: GAZA SURF CLUB
Director: Philip Gnadt, Mickey Yamine
Screenplay: Philip Gnadt, Mickey Yamine
Photography: Niclas Reed Middleton
Actors: Benny Theisen, Stephanie Yamine, Andreas Schaap
Run time: 1 hour 27 min
Year: 2016
Country: Germany
Producer: Benny Theisen, Stephanie Yamine, Andreas Schaap
Age rating: 15


About It's hard to be an Arab
It's hard to be Arab is a project initiated by Motaz al Habbash in cooperation with Tenthaus Oslo. In 2018 we would like Norwegians and others to become more familiar with Arabic culture through music, art, film and language.
Motaz al Habbash is from Palestine and has lived in Oslo since 2014. He works with film and art projects in Norway and Palestine.