Meet Sami

Meet Sami, one of the primary subjects of Hurdle.

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Sami is a 24-year-old Palestinian who has lived his whole life in the Old City of Jerusalem. He's also a founder and the coach of the Jerusalem Parkour Team. In the early days, he taught himself parkour by watching videos on Youtube frame-by-frame and today remains devoted to the sport. 

Sami’s passion is unwavering as he teaches his peers to use creativity to overcome obstacles and find freedom.

 

“When I started practicing parkour,... I actually felt human — trapped and then set free. I am not trapped. There is nothing holding me.

This is why I have become attached to this sport, because I started feeling this freedom - freedom in a country where there is no freedom."

 
 (L-R) Director Michael Rowley with documentary subjects Jehad and Sami

(L-R) Director Michael Rowley with documentary subjects Jehad and Sami