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Freedom Fields

Spring Grants 2018 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

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

Synopsis

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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Credits

Director
Naziha Arebi
Screenwriter
Naziha Arebi
Producer
Flore Cosquer, Naziha Arebi
Executive Producer
Sonja Henrici, Noe Mendelle, Leslie Finlay (Creative Scotland)

About the Director

Naziha Arebi is a Libyan-British artist and filmmaker who returned to Libya after the revolution to work and explore her father's homeland. Naziha has produced various short films, worked extensively in the MENA region as a cinematographer and is a HotDocs Blue Ice and a Sundance Lab fellow. Her artwork has been published extensively in print and exhibited globally and alongside her first feature 'Freedom Fields', she is also producing 'After A Revolution', in collaboration with Met Film (UK), EIE Film (Italy) and Urban Republic (USA).

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.

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Flore Cosquer

    Company: 
    SDI Productions Ltd
    Phone: 
    +44 7900537631
    Email: 
    flore@scottishdocinstitute.com

  • Production Company

    Huna Productions

    Company: 
    Huna Productions
    Email: 
    hunaproductions@gmail.com

  • Production Company

    SDI Productions Ltd.

    Company: 
    SDI Productions Ltd.
    Phone: 
    +44 1316515874
    Email: 
    flore@scottishdocinstitute.com

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