Arab Film Series: Best of AFF2017

Join YALLA ARABI, BERKELEY CITY COLLEGE (BCC) and the ARAB FILM AND MEDIA INSTITUTE (AFMI), as we present the ARAB FILM SERIES. Catch some of the hottest films that have screened at the ARAB FILM FESTIVAL.

Screenings are free and open to the public but MUST register on Eventbrite to guarantee your seat(s).

On November 30, we present GAZA SURF CLUB. Winner of “Best Documentary” at AFF2017. A deep dive “on ground zero” spotlight on Gaza’s surf community, which has experienced, survived, and overcome a multitude of obstacles synonymous with the pains of occupation.

In the midst of rubble, debris, abandoned tanks, and bombed-out buildings that resemble the landscape of the post-apocalypse, the Gaza Strip and its 1.7 million denizens are no strangers to “social conflict.” With no immediate means of escape framed by an unknown future dictated by the mechanisms of apartheid, surf culture has emerged as an outlet for down-trodden youth to experience a taste of freedom, strewn across 26 miles of Mediterranean coastline. With a rough-around-the-edges yet sincere approach to documentary form, filmmakers Philip Gnadt and Mickey Yamine introduce viewers to Gaza’s surfing subculture, with the endpoint directed at revealing the ever-burning formations of hope that glow in the hearts and minds of Gazan youth in spite of the titan-like hurdles that beset them. Screened in the official selections of the 2016 Toronto and Dubai International Film Festivals.

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