Khartoum Offside

  • Marwa Zein
  • Sudan, Denmark
  • 2019
  • 76 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests, Spotlight: Sudan
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A group of young ladies in Khartoum are determined to play football professionally. They are prepared to defy the ban imposed by Sudan’s Islamic Military government. Their battle to get officially recognized as Sudan’s National Woman’s team is fearless, courageous and often laughable. Through the intimate portrait of these women over a number of years we follow their moments of hope and deception. There is a new spark of hope when the elections within the federation could mean real change of the entire system.


Marwa Zein
Marwa Zein for ORE Productions
Henrik Underbjerg for Stray Dog Productions AS


World Sales
Michaela Čajkova for Filmotor
Festival Handling
Michaela Čajkova for Filmotor

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75´, DCP, color
Spoken languages

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IDFA history

Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
Spotlight: Sudan
Supported with €9000 for Classic: Production & postproduction

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