One More Jump

May 9, 2024 7:00 pm

Otley Courthouse, LS21 3AN

Emanuele Gerosa, 73 mins, 2019, Italy, Switzerland, Lebanon

With his documentary on the Gaza Parkour Team, director Emanuele Gerosa sensitively relates the painful and frustrating situation of young Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Parkour is the art of overcoming obstacles, but in the Gaza Strip it’s much more than that: it’s a form of survival, plain and simple. In a place where there are walls and barriers everywhere, this acrobatic sport is one of the few ways of feeling free: jumping, spinning through the air, taking risks.

When Abdallah – founder of the Gaza Parkour Team – was invited to Europe, a few years ago, he decided not to return to Gaza, aiming to become a professional athlete. His friend and teammate Jehad still lives segregated in the Strip. Every day he trains and he too dreams of leaving Palestine… but can you ever be free, if you must leave everything you loved behind?