Children from the Palestinian West Bank are invited by Israeli peace activists to go to the sea in Israel – a new experience. A film about the magic of first times, borders, freedom and coexistence.

An NGO invites Wafaa and Raneen, along with a group of other young West Bank Palestinians, to spend a day at the beach – in Israel. Although they live nearby, an impenetrable barrier has always made it impossible for them to go there. Is this trip a fantasy or a window on the future? Growing up in times of conflict – 13-year old Palestinian girls Wafaa and Raneen from two different Westbank villages are faced with the option of going on a one-day trip to the beach in Israel. Although they live only a few kilometers away, they have both never been to the sea. Israeli peace activists organize a day at the beach in Tel Aviv for Palestinian women and children, to let them exchange the view on the Wall against the horizon. One summer morning, Wafaa is preparing for the journey and imagining pretty people in Israel, while Raneen is playing freedom fighter with her friends. Her village is in constant conflict with the Israeli soldiers and for her and her parents it is out of the question to spend a beach day with the “others”. Is the day by the sea a one-day utopia? Or a possible future?

Producer: Sarita Sharma, Harmke Heezen (Kinomaton)
Cinematographer: Jakob Fuhr
Editor: Svenja Plaas

World sales: Filmdelights

Screenings: Zürich IFF 2013, Max-Ophüls-Preis 2014, Diagonale 2014, Graz, Jüdische Filmtage Wien, FIPA Biarritz
Prizes: Best Human Cultural Award (Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival 2014)

Supported by: Mischief Films Wien, Wien Kultur, Verein Freunde der Filmakademie Wien, crowdfunded through: Indiegogo