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24 April 21:30
25 April 19:15
CAPTAINS OF ZAATARI

Director: ALI ELARABI
FRANCE
2018, 73'

Two best friends Mahmoud and Fawzi, living in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, have an undying dream of becoming professional soccer players while facing the difficult reality of their lives. Despite being confined under dire conditions, they remain hopeful and practice day in and day out. When a world-renowned sports academy visits, both have a chance to make this dream come true.

Ali El Arabi is an Egyptian director/ producer. He got his start making short documentaries at Dream TV (Egypt). He went on to produce documentaries for ZDF, Stern TV Germany, and National Geographic in the MENA region. In 2015, El Arabi set up Ambient Light, a Cairo-based production company where he focuses on various topics relevant to the MENA region such as refugee displacement and women’s and children’s rights. The company now is focused on character- driven stories with international appeal regardless of their genres. El Arabi holds a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Mansoura University. «Captains of Zaatari» is his debut feature film.

CameraMAHMOUD BASHIR
ProducerALI EL ARABI
ProductionAMBIENT LIGHT
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