Freedom Fields

  • Naziha Karima Arebi
  • Libya, United Kingdom, Netherlands, United States, Lebanon, Qatar, Canada
  • 2018
  • 97 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests
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Emboldened by the Arab Spring, the Libyan women’s soccer team is dreaming of playing their first international game. However, their sport faces huge opposition in Libya; so when news of a possible cap is released, media attention ends up playing in the hands of those who want to thwart their ambitions.

With broad and intimate access, three players coming from different social and political backgrounds are being followed on and off the field. Over the course of several years we witness their repetitive attempts at getting support to be able to play and, as the country descends into civil war, their fight to reinvent their lives on a daily basis when uncertainty has become a routine. With conservative forces in society getting in the way, even in more moderate circles the women must constantly fight for room to maneuver, both in public and private life. As they keep pursuing their dream, they experience disillusionment and seize new opportunities—and almost accidentally find their calling as role models for a new generation of girls.


  • 97 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Arabic, English
  • Subtitles in: English
Naziha Karima Arebi
Flore Cosquer / SDI Productions Ltd, Naziha Karima Arebi for Huna Productions
Executive producer
Noe Mendelle for SDI Productions Ltd, Sonja Henrici for SDI Productions Ltd, Leslie Finlay for Creative Scotland
Naziha Karima Arebi
Ling Lee, Alice Powell, Maya Hawke
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IDFA history

Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
Supported with €17000 for Classic: Production & postproduction

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