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Riccardo, a final-year medical student in Italy, is going on Erasmus: to Gaza, a war zone. 

His friends are concerned, but he is determined as he wants to train as a trauma surgeon and is writing his thesis on explosive bullet wounds. Entering Gaza is not simple, he needs permission from three different authorities: the Israeli army, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

Upon arrival at the Islamic University, he is welcomed by the Chancellor and interviewed by the local and international media. Riccardo starts to feel the pressure: his experience will determine the success of the exchange programme. The threat of war doesn’t help and he starts suffering panic attacks; luckily, his new friendships with young Gazans help him handle his anxiety. 

In Erasmus in Gaza we accompany Riccardo on his journey into adulthood, a journey of personal struggle that tests whether or not he truly has the strength to pursue his dreams.

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  • Runtime
    88 minutes
  • Language
    Arabic, English, Italian
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  • Director
    Chiara Avesani & Matteo Delbò