Khartoum Offside

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    Khartoum Offside

    Directed by

    Sudan, Norway, Denmark

    2019

    75 min

    • Arabic

    Documentary

    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.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Marwa Zein
    Cinematography
    Marwa Zein
    Editing
    Mohammed Emad Rizq
    Music
    Tunde Jegede
    Sales
    FILMOTOR
    Production
    ORE PRODUCTIONS
    Distributor
    STRAY DOG PRODUCTIONS

    Press

    This socio-political-humanistic issue takes a back seat to the lives, beliefs and wishes of the protagonists.

    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

    Marwa Zein

    Marwa Zein

    Saudi Arabia

    Born in Saudi Arabia in 1985. She studied Film Directing. In 2009, she participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus. Since 2014, Marwa Zein has worked as a programmer for the Sudan Independent Film Festival in Khartoum. She lives in Sudan and Germany, and since 2018 has been studying at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. KHARTOUM OFFSIDE (2019), her first feature, premiered at Berlinale