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Flying Paper

Flying Paper – a documentary by Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill – tells the uplifting story of resilient Palestinian youth in the Gaza Strip 2010 on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown. It showcases the creative resilience of these children making and flying kites despite the odds.

The film has been over 4 years in the making, with HD post-production of the new 52 min broadcast cut of the film just being completed. The award-winning film has been screened in over 20 international film festivals and is being prepared for wider public release this year.

While the record-breaking event is what drives the film’s narrative arc, it is the everyday stories of the young kite makers that will touch audiences through their humor and playful spirit. The film seeks to humanize the conflict through a touching cinematic rendering of the fascinating kite culture among children as a form of creative resistance in Gaza.


A veiled Palestinian flies a kite during a kite festival organized by UNRWA on the Mediterranean beach northern Gaza Strip. Thousands of children in the Gaza Strip attempted to set a new world record by flying colorful homemade kites.

Flying Paper is being screened at many film festivals and special events.

Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker, Founding Member and Secretary General of diyalog, promotion of cultural exchange with Turkey. Since 2012 he is also project manager of InEnArt.

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