Feature Length Documentary
“Africa, despite its size, still remains a mystery for many. It seems that a faint barrier prevents us from establishing a close connection to this giant continent and its abundance of cultures – It feels like as if it lies in the past not in the present.
Through BEYOND, we want to immerse ourselves in a region of West Africa to establish a close connection between Africa and Europe, and we’ll do so with a seemingly mundane topic: surfing.
How do people experience the rise of a leisure culture and the values that the West embraced in the sixties, such as individualism, personal fulfillment and the dominance of free time? Where are the potential conflict points with local traditions and where could they find common ground? And even more fundamentally: what is important for people and how can we adapt, wherever we are? Surfers of all ages, craftsmen, tycoons, taxi drivers, nomads, fishermen, pioneers, women at markets and tourists – we interviewed them all.”