Brighton & Hove Palestine Solidarity Campaign presents
OVER THE WALL
Film show followed by Q&A session with Directors, Cast and Crew
Thursday 6th December 7.30 p.m.
(Tea and coffee from 7 p.m.)
Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Brighton
The film documents the physical and emotional journey to Egypt and Palestine of a group of student footballers and two young directors from London in the summer of 2011. Their experiences, particularly in Palestine, become a rite of passage into growing personal awareness and dawning political consciousness.
It’s a gem! Heart-warming and inspiring!
Directed by: Jasper Kain & Matthew Kay
Runtime: 58 mins
Donation on the door
This is a film about the journey of a British University football team who are transformed by the events they bear witness to in the Middle East which force them to change their outlook on life.
In the year of the Arab Spring, a diverse London based team head to Egypt armed with a football and a desire to engage with local communities. International news unfolds around them. With events ranging from the siege of the Israeli embassy in Cairo to bombings in Gaza the boys quickly see that this tour is about more than just football.
The worsening situation forces the team to rethink their agenda. Do they carry on with their journey into Palestine? The outcome of their decision and the subsequent events that follow make them realise that there is a greater goal in life.
Over The Wall provides a refreshing insight into this unique group of young men who, through their journey, challenge common perceptions of 21st century London, the Middle East, football and activism.
This is the first foray into the world of documentary for Jasper Kain and Matthew Kay. Matthew graduated in Film from Queen Mary’s in 2011, having previously made several short films. Jasper is a Politics and Social Anthropology graduate from SOAS, who was co-President of the Students’ Union last year.
Both recent graduates of university they set out to document this adventurous tour on what proved to be a transformative experience. Upon their return they both felt impelled to make a documentary that can entertain but can also educate but also inspire. They are keen to show the importance of gaining knowledge through lived experience, provide stimulating representations of different identities and celebrate the power of youth taking a stand.
The pair travelled on a very low budget, with the essential equipment and a determination to capture this incredible journey that transformed all those involved. From interviewing Egyptians in the heart of Tahrir Square amidst the protests, to filming Palestinian children in a rural village singing their national anthem with passion, the trip was full of extraordinary experiences every step of the way. They developed close bonds with the team, as well as locals who engaged with the camera both as a means of expression as well as a point of reflection.
In order to enter Israel the cameras, as well as the nature of the documentary, had to be hidden. The recorded footage was smuggled through the border in the players’ suitcases. As a result the two filmmakers became inextricably linked to the tour and attached to the issues they experienced.
The documentary is about much more than just a football tour. Shot during enthralling times they capture several events that made front page news back home. By documenting the team’s personal experience, the film provides a humane insight into these events which are rarely found in the media. These young people express their opinions on the changing world around them and display increased awareness as a group eventually coming to find a political voice.