‘Beyond: An African Surf Documentary’ at the Santa Barbara Film Festival

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When you think of surfing, places like Hawaii, Australia, and California come to mind. But what about spots in Northwest Africa, like Sengal or Mauritania? A new documentary, which made its U.S. debut in the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this week, explores a blossoming surf culture in impoverished, socially conservative villages — and the complexities that come with that.




Kathryn Barnes