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Freedom Fields (Cert TBC) S

02 Jul
04 Jul 2019

Directed by

Naziha Arebi

Freedom Fields

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 daily 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 maneuverer, both in public and private life.

Screened at Toronto 2018 Film festival.

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