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Freedom Fields

Naziha Karima Arebi
Libya, United Kingdom, Netherlands, United States, Lebanon, Qatar, Canada
2018
97 min
Dutch Premiere
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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.

Credits
Director
Production
    Flore Cosquer for SDI Productions Ltd,
    NAZIHA K AREBI
Editing
World Sales
    Wide House
    Wide House
Screening copy
    SDI Productions Ltd
    SDI Productions Ltd

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