Hurdle

  • 2019
  • 1h 25min
  • Directed by: Michael Rowley

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HURDLE
Dir: Michael Rowley, USA, English, Arabic, Hebrew, 85 minutes, Cert 18

Hurdle provides an inspiring and visceral look at the next generation of Palestinian youth living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It follows Sami and Mohammad - two young men who are united in their pursuit for self-determination - using parkour and film documentation as tools to attain personal and political freedom. In a world with towering walls and constrictive checkpoints, they must bury self-doubt in order to lead their communities through a dramatic year of political and violent conflict.With breath-taking visuals, amazing access and action-packed scenes, Hurdle provides an edge-of-your-seat look at an old conflict in the new era.

From gunshot wounds and arrests, to brotherhood and faith, the film navigates the politics of the region through the first-hand experience of the characters, revealing a deeply personal and human investigation into the lives of the Muslim youth of Palestine. As walls fill the global conversation and the politics of Israel and Palestine shift in the Trump era, Hurdle gives audiences a timely and important look at two individuals striving to overcome obstacles to their freedom.

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