ROXY REZVANY – Wifi Rider (Short Doc)

Die 12-Minütige Mini dokumentation von Roxy Rezvany erzählt die Geschichte eines Palästinensischen Jungen der in Isreal geboren und aufgewachsen ist und dessen Traum es war nach Paris zu ziehen. Shukri Lawrence, ein Außenseiter der in seiner Jugend dadurch auffiel, einen fast ausschließlich weiblichen Freundeskreis zu haben. Seine Faszination für das Anderssein bewegte ihn dazu einen Instagram Account namens “Wifi Rider” zu gründen. Durch den großen Zuspruch begann er zu entdecken, welches Potential an gleichartigen Menschen es in seiner direkten Umgebung gab. Zusammen mit seinem späteren Geschäftspartner Omar Braika gründete er das, mittlerweile anerkannte und erfolgreiche, Modelabel “tRASHY Clothing”.

Sehenswerte 12 Minuten die hoffentlich vielen jungen kreativen Menschen in sog. Kriesengebieten aufzeigt was alles möglich ist ohne den Weg in den Westen anzutreten. Beeindruckend und hoffnungsvoll lässt der Film einen zurück.

Life is lonely for young Palestinian, Shukri. He spends his days on the internet, immersed in a world where Western popstars preach self-love and unity, and where he can forget the lack of acceptance he faces in everyday life. But a life dreaming of paradise abroad does not bode well for a teenager stuck in East Jerusalem. What he desperately wants is to connect with others like him, who feel caught between an occupation, globalisation, and the universal growing pains that come with adulthood. In this 16mm documentary film, we follow Shukri from a childhood in East Jerusalem to moving to the hillside apartments of Amman, Jordan and the sandy shores of the Dead Sea. We discover the origins of his life as the ‘Wifi Rider’, and how he channelled his frustrations into art on the internet via tRASHY.

Directed & Produced by – Roxy Rezvany
Executive Producers  – Emily Renée & Erica Edwards
Editor – Ross Leppard
Cinematography by – Isaac Eastgate & Jaime Ackroyd
Composer – Matt Huxley
Sound Designer – Guy Chase
Translator – Agatha Ezzedine
Colourist – Tim Smith
Local Producers – Ihab Muhtaseb & Ibraheem Shahin
Sound Recordist – Ahmad Alhlabiah
Graphic Designer – Mio Yokota
Line Producer – Kasia Kaczmarek
1st AC – Jerry Pradon
Production Assistant – Alicia Sing
Colour Producers – Olivia Jessop & Melissa Trindade
Additional Fixer – Bader Mohtaseb
Models – Solenne Tadros & Dunia Almaghari
Featuring – Shukri Lawrence, Omar Braika, Reem Kawasmi, Luai Al-Shuaibi, Sereen Khass
Production Company – Besheh Meesheh Films

The film was made with support from The LUSH Film Fund & One World Media
The film will debut on Topic is the US/Canada, having been selected by Roger Ross Williams for his series One Story Up & will premiere worldwide via Short of the Week and Nowness.

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