Swedish premiere for La Chana och Gaza Surf Club!

Among the highlights in the international film program is “La Chana,” which is a portrait of an aged but passionate flamenco dancer and “Gaza Surf Club” where we follow a group of young Palestinian surfers.


During the 1960s and 1970s Antonia Santiago Amador, alias “La Chana,” was a hugely popular flamenco dancer until she suddenly just disappeared – even though she was at the peak of her career. In the intimate portrait in La Chana she reveals the secret of why the public dancing took such an abrupt end. At old age, she now returns to the stage to give a final dance show, her passion is as strong as ever. La Chana recently won the audience award at IDFA, the documentary film festival in Amsterdam and has Swedish premiere at Tempo Documentary Festival 2017. Directed by Lucija Stojevic, (Spain / Iceland / USA).

Gaza with its location between Israel and Egypt is sometimes called “the world’s largest outdoor prison.” But Gaza also borders the Mediterranean sea. At the the coastal strip there is a younger generation of Palestinians who are enthusiastic surfers and in the film the Gaza Surf Club, we follow some of them up close. It is not without difficulties, they can engage in this sport, but in the powerful waves they regain a certain form of freedom. The film was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival and will premiere on Swedish Tempo Documentary Festival 2017. Directed by Philip Gnadt and Mickey Yamine, (Germany).

Gaza Surf Club © Niclas Reed Middleton, Little Bridge Pictures

The entire festival program and tickets will be released February 8, 2017.

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