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KHARTOUM OFFSIDE

by Marwa Zein

synopsis

A group of exceptional young ladies in Khartoum are determined to play football professionally. They are prepared to defy the ban imposed by Sudan's Islamic Military government and they will not take no for an answer. Their battle to get officially recognized as Sudan's National Woman's team is fearless, courageous and often laughable. But their struggle is unwavering. Through the intimate portrait of these women over a number of years we follow their moments of hope and deception. Despite the National Football Federation getting FIFA funds earmarked for the women's teams, this team continues to be marginalized. However, there is a new spark of hope when the elections within the federation could mean real change of the entire system.

international title: Khartoum Offside
original title: Oufsaiyed Elkhortoum
country: Sudan, Norway, Denmark
year: 2019
genre: documentary
directed by: Marwa Zein
film run: 75'
screenplay: Marwa Zein
cinematography by: Marwa Zein
film editing: Mohammed Emad Rizq
music: Tunde Jegede
producer: Marwa Zein, Henrik Underbjerg
production: Stray Dog Productions, Stray Dog Productions, ORE Productions (SD)
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