Flying Paper / Return to Seifa Village

April 27, 2024 7:00 pm

Heart Centre LS6 3HN

Nitin Sawhney / Roger Hill, 30 mins / 10 mins, 2014, UK

Part of a double bill with Gaza One Football, One Leg


Flying Paper was made in 2014, but is even more poignant in the current context. It’s a story of young people in the Gaza Strip on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown. Co-produced with young filmmakers in Gaza, the film is intimate and direct, following the lives of a handful of young Palestinians in the simple act of making and flying kites in the desolate yet stunningly beautiful landscapes of Gaza.

The extraordinary stories of the young people involved leave the audience with a new understanding and connection to life and the people in Gaza.

Directed by Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill


Return to Seifa follows the progress of two siblings in the film, Flying Paper. Now young adults, they confront the aftermath of war, adapting to the harsh realities of yet another violent disruption to their hopes and aspirations.

This is a deeply moving story about the impact of war on communities, especially its youth. It includes powerful images taken by award-winning photographer Anne Paq, working closely with young Gazan journalist Abeer Ahmed.