Feature documentary

Gaza Surf Club

ROLE: sound designer and dialogue editor

Trapped in "the world's largest open-air prison" and ruled by war, a new generation is drawn to the beaches. Sick of occupation and political gridlock, they find their own personal freedom in the waves of the Mediterranean - they are the surfers of Gaza.

Sound Design

For the sound design I teamed up with Volker Pannes (Shake Up). The important dialogue track was naturally kept as close to the original as possible, mostly just cleaned out. However, besides the human protagonists, there is another big player in this film: the sea. As for the sound design, it soon became clear, that the theme of water would be the main element to work with. The film features waves and surf of all types: huge swelling, rolling, thundering or just calmly flowing and splashing. Thus most work went into creating the right "ocean sounds" that would, not only fit to the picture, but strongly convey the emotions of every scene. Be it quiet and happy or dangerous and overwhelming.

It was very fulfilling to work on this beautifully shot and politically illuminating film that shows the Gaza Strip and its people from a different perspective.

GSC_Excerpt_Surfing from David Rusitschka on Vimeo.


Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF 2016)

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA 2016)

Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF 2016)

David Rusitschka, Berlin