Big Wata

DIRECTED BY: Gugi van der Velden

Big Wata (The Ocean) is a documentary about the first and only surf club in Sierra Leone.

During the Ebola outbreak the younger members of a West African fishing community discover surfing as their identity and purpose in life. 

Wanting to break free from the restrictions of a traditional community a suspended surf club member embarks on a journey. Only to return with a new found appreciation for the place he so badly wanted to leave.

Big Wata is a positive story from Africa. The film shows the diversity and resilience of West Africa, and how a dream can bring light in an otherwise dark time. Universal themes that people from all walks of life can relate to.