The Road To Silverstone

Director: 
Johan Eriksson
Cinematography: 
Johan Eriksson
Sound: 
Petri Kettunen
Editing: 
Abed Zhran
Production: 
UNRWA in cooperation with YLE - the Finnish Broadcasting Company
Country: 
Duration: 
58Min
Year of production: 
2013
Movies language: 
Synopsis: 

A group of young Palestine engineers succeeded in building a Formula 1 race car, the first ever built in Gaza, even though they couldn't get the key components from European suppliers. After hurdling many obstacles, they were finally able to present it at the international Formula Student competition at Britain’s famous Silverstone race track. Seeing cars from the industrialized world, they feel disadvantaged, but try to overcome their fears. Capturing the dreams of these young people, the film reveals a side of Gaza's life rarely seen before.

Bio Director: 

Johan Eriksson received a master's degree in documentary filmmaking at the National Film and Television School in the UK. He has made more than 20 documentary films for Nordic and British broadcasters and has won several awards. He currently lives in Jerusalem where he works for UNRWA, making documentaries from the occupied Palestinian territory, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.