Life is a Beach

Jens Pedersen, Denmark, 2017

22 min.DK/DocumentaryChildren's films

Javed has already moved from home and lives on the beach with his good friend Shahidul outside Bangladesh. Javed has dropped out of 2nd grade because his teacher was beating him. He now makes a living together with Shahidul by giving people massage on the beach so he can afford food and to surf. Javed both skates and surfs as much as he can. There is a big surf competition coming up that he wants to win. But his mother wants him to move back home, so he can make money for the family. At the same time his surfing teacher pushes him to go back to school. What should he do? He almost wins the surf contest and afterwards comes to the conlusion with his best friend and surfing teacher that he will go back to school and that it is alright as long as his mum will respect that he continues to surf in his spare time.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Børnene på silkevejen 5:5 - Beach Boys
Danish title Børnene på silkevejen 5:5 - Beach Boys
International titles Kids on the Silk Road 5 - Life is a Beach
Other titles Børnene på Silkevejen 5:5
Part of Kids on the Silk Road
Keywords Children in foreign countries, Bangladesh, Children, Boys, Surfing, Competitions, Dreams of the future, Friendship
Director Jens Pedersen
Producer Maria Stevnbak Westergren
Director of Photography Jens Pedersen
Editor Jesper Osmund
Sound Hans Møller
Composer Halfdan E.
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut
International sales Autlook Filmsales / Spittelberggasse 3/14 / 1070 Wien / t +43 670 208 7881 / welcome@autlookfilms.com / autlookfilms.com
Online release 25.09.2017
Comment Selected for IDFA's Competition for Kids & Docs. "Kids on the Silk Road" is a series of five documentaries for children aged 10-12 about their peers living in the ancient Silk Road countries in Central and South East Asia. Director Jens Pedersen had his children's series Faith Hope Afghanistan (2013) selected for IDFA.
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company
Executive Producer Pedersen & Co ApS
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
In collaboration with Toolbox Film
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Jens Pedersen


Screenplay and story Jens Pedersen


Producer Maria Stevnbak Westergren
Creative producer Jakob Gottschau


Cinematographer Jens Pedersen


Editor Jesper Osmund


Music Halfdan E.


Sound Hans Møller
Sound designer Hans Møller

Visual effects

Grading Oskar Fanta

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Festival screenings

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Festival Festival date
CPH:DOX 2018-03-15
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2018-03-02
Amsterdam, IDFA 2017-11-15
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