Spring Grants 2018 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED
At the new dawn of a nation once cut off from the world, a dynamic group of women from fractured sides of the revolution come together to play football. A Doha Film Institute granted film, ‘Freedom Fields’ is a story about hope and sacrifice in a land where dreams seem a luxury. Filmed over five years, it follows three brave women and their efforts to build a team in post-revolution Libya, as the country descends into civil war.
The challenges they must overcome to achieve their dream of playing for their country are nothing short of remarkable. Throughout, they struggle to gain support, respect, and even the right to play, as certain segments of the community don’t approve of their ambitions.
Through the eyes of these accidental activists, we see the reality of a country in transition, where the personal stories of love and aspirations collide with history. A love letter to sisterhood and the power of teamwork, the film perfectly encapsulates the broader challenges facing women in contemporary Libyan society.
- Naziha Arebi
- Naziha Arebi
- Flore Cosquer, Naziha Arebi
- Executive Producer
- Sonja Henrici, Noe Mendelle, Leslie Finlay (Creative Scotland)
About the Director
Naziha Arebi is a BAFTA-nominated British-Libyan
artist and filmmaker. Coming from a theatre
background, Naziha returned to Libya during the revolution to work and explore her father’s homeland. In 2012 she co-founded HuNa Productions, a Tripoli-based production collective, working at the intersection between art and activism, creating films around identity, gender and reconciliation with BBC, Al Jazeera, Hivos, Oxfam, UN Women and NGO’s, as well as a TV hr on the Tabu tribe of Libya for Al Jazeera and a 24min on Salwa Bughaighis. Naziha is a HotDocs Blue Ice and a Sundance Lab fellow, a WEF Global Shaper, a member of Lumiere D’Afrique and co-founder of Bad Donkey Films. She also works as a cinematographer in the MENA region, and her artwork has been published extensively in print and exhibited globally. Alongside her award-winning feature ‘Freedom Fields’ (world premiered TIFF, LFF, IDFA, CPHdox and opening film of Ajyal 2018), she is also producing Giovanni Buccomino’s feature film ‘After a Revolution’ and working on her first hybrid fiction feature film.
Production Company Profile
Huna Productions is a film production company focusing on women, civil society and film in Libya. A new organisation in a relatively new field in Libya, the company has already designed campaigns, produced short films, educational videos, conducted training and co-produced with international organisations.
SDI Productions is one of the leading companies for creative documentary in Scotland. It was set up in 2007 as a production platform for the Scottish Documentary Institute. Most recent creative features include 'Future My Love' (Maja Borg, 2012, UK/Sweden), 'I Am Breathing' (Emma Davie & Morag McKinnon, 2012, UK/Denmark), 'Pablo’s Winter' (Chico Pereira, 2012, UK/Spain), 'Seven Songs for a Long Life' (Amy Hardie, 2015, UK/US), 'Where You’re Meant To Be' (Paul Fegan, 2016, UK), 'Donkeyote' (Chico Pereira, 2017, UK/Germany/Spain), 'Time Trial' (Finlay Pretsell, 2017, UK/Sweden) and 'Becoming Animal' (Emma Davie & Peter Mettler, 2018, UK/Switzerland). We finance our projects with national and international partners, broadcasters and long-term collaborators. Our films have played at leading film festivals, such as Sundance, HotDocs, Tribeca, Full Frame, Silverdocs, IDFA, Cinéma du Reel, Vision du Réel, DOK Leipzig and have picked up major awards and nominations.
- SDI Productions Ltd
- +44 7900537631
- Huna Productions
SDI Productions Ltd.
- SDI Productions Ltd.
- +44 1316515874