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.”
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