Freedom Fields

Close Up Truth To Power
Director: Naziha Arebi | Countries of production: Libya, United Kingdom | Year: 2018 | Length: 97 min
Language: English, Arabic with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

The members of a women’s football team in post-revolution Libya all share a common dream: to play for their country. As the utopian hopes of the Arab Spring begin to fade and the nation descends into civil war, the women have to overcome immense social and cultural obstacles, physical threats and bureaucratic apathy to get onto the pitch.

Filmed over five years, Freedom Fields captures their personal aspirations, passion and struggles as they collide with history. An intimate film about hope, struggle and sacrifice in a land where dreams seem a luxury. A love letter to sisterhood and the power of team.

Naziha Arebi shines a light not only on a story of soccer, but also on the story of women as a whole in modern Libyan society” Global Citizen

Glasgow Film Festival, Official selection 2019

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