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Freedom Fields

Spring Grants 2018 - Post-Production Stage

Naziha Arebi / Feature Documentary / Libya, United Kingdom, Netherlands, United States of America, Qatar, Lebanon, Canada / 2018 / 97 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic, English / Interests: Documentary, Sports


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.

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Naziha Arebi
Naziha Arebi
Flore Cosquer, Naziha Arebi
Executive Producer
Sonja Henrici, Noe Mendelle, Leslie Finlay (Creative Scotland)
Production Company
Production Company
SDI Productions Ltd.

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.


  • Main Contact

    Flore Cosquer

    SDI Productions Ltd
    +44 7900537631

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