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AUCKLAND 2-12 APRIL 2020 | WELLINGTON 6-10 MAY 2020

Khartoum Offside

GENRE: Documentary | Sport
LENGTH: 1 hour 15 minutes
LOCATIONS: Sudan
DIRECTOR: Marwa Zein
LANGUAGES: Arabic, English
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Synopsis

A group of young women in Khartoum are determined to play football professionally, and they are prepared to defy the ban imposed by Sudan’s Islamic Military government to do this. Their battle to get officially recognised as Sudan’s
National Women’s team is fearless, courageous and often humorous. Through the intimate portrait of these women over a number of years we follow their moments of hope and deception, culminating in a new spark of hope when elections within the federation promise a real change of the entire system.
“They may be football fans living in a strictly patriarchal Muslim society, but what the protagonists are, above all, is young women, well aware of their sex and bodies, and the need to empower them and protect them.” CINEUROPA
“Strong-willed, refreshingly liberated and ferociously independent, Zein’s footballers defy the mainstream perceptions of Sudanese women.” MIDDLE EAST EYE

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