[Gaza] Free Running Gaza

(lingua: inglese, dur.: 25’06”)
Pubblichiamo un documentario realizzato da George Azar e Mariam Shahin e trasmesso da Aljazeera all’interno del programma Artscape. E’ la storia di due ragazzi di Gaza appassionati di parkour, quello sport il cui obiettivo e di superare acrobaticamente tutti gli ostacoli che ti si pongono davanti. Uno sport che a Gaza diventa un’arte di vita con il sogno di riuscire a saltare, un giorno, il piu’ infame degli ostacoli: quel muro di terrore, violenza e apartheid che Israele gli ha costruito intorno.

Filmmakers: George Azar and Mariam Shahin

In the Khan Younis refugee camp in Gaza, Mohammed and Abdallah have found a way to distract themselves from the overcrowded tenements and squalid alleyways. Both young men have trained for years to become Gaza’s leading practitioners of parkour.

As much a life philosophy and an art form as an athletic discipline, parkour is the traversing and scaling of obstacles and barriers through running, jumping and vaulting. Parkour is set apart from political and religious factionalism, from violence and militancy.

For Mohammed, Abdallah and the latest generation of young Palestinians to have grown up in the camp under-educated and unemployed, it is the ultimate means of escape.

The essential definition of parkour is “finding your own way” and Artscape journeys around Gaza in the company of Mohammed and Abdallah to experience what this is like.

“When we practise [parkour] we free ourselves,” explains Mohammed. “It is as if we’re transported to another world.”

Posted: luglio 7th, 2011
at 4:34 by ironriot

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