We Could Be Heroes
Fall Grant 2015
Current project status: COMPLETED
In the run-up to the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Azzedine Nouiri, the world champion in seated shot put, inspires his childhood friend Youssef to take on the challenge of qualifying to the Games despite their lack of means and formal training. Through their inspiring friendship, We Could Be Heroes narrates the struggles of outcasts longing to conquer the extraordinary in order to finally have the same rights and opportunities as ordinary men at home, in Morocco.
- Hind Bensari
- Vibeke Lokkeberg
About the Director
Born in Casablanca, Hind Bensari grew up in London before quitting her job in an investment fund to move back to Morocco to produce and direct her first documentary, ‘475: Break the Silence’ (2014). Entirely crowd-funded, the film became an Internet sensation and won critical acclaim from ‘The New York Times’ and ARD, Germany’s first television channel. It broke audience records at 2M TV, and has been distributed on channels worldwide includig DR2 (Denmark), SIC Portugal and Planète Canada. A TEDx speaker, Bensari graduated with a degree in Economics and Middle-Eastern Studies from Edinburgh University and holds a certificate in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics.
Production Company Profile
Since 1983, CINETELEFILMS has been one of the leading production companies in Tunisia and The Arab World by producing some of the biggest blockbusters in Tunisian and Arab cinema such as MAN OF ASHES, SILENCE OF THE PALACE, HALFAOUINE… Habib ATTIA, its managing director since 2007, produces narrative and documentary films dealing firstly with contemporary sociocultural issues. His latest ventures as main producer include ‘We Could Be Heroes’ (2018) premièred in HOTDOCS winning the Best international documentary award, ‘Beauty and The Dogs’ (2017) that premièred in Cannes UN CERTAIN REGARD official selection winning the Best sound creation award, ‘Writing on Snow’ (2017) opening film in Carthage Film Festival, ‘Zaineb Hates the Snow’ (2016), which premièred in Locarno and won Golden Tanit in Carthage Film Festival, ‘Challat of Tunis’ (2014), which opened the Acid Programme in Cannes Film Festival, won the Best First Film award in FIFF Namur.
Bullitt Film is a Danish documentary film production based in Copenhagen, which was established in 2007 by producer Vibeke Vogel. The company is committed to creating truthful, cinematic documentary films with a strong political or social dimension. Their stories are framed by artistic visuals and driven by the urge to uncover and share stories that create debate and instigate change with audiences in both Denmark and internationally. Many of their titles have premiered at international film festivals including IDFA, CPH:DOX, Berlinale and HotDocs, and have been shown on television and online platforms in territories worldwide, as well as forming an important part of the content at events such as ASIL Washington and Roskilde Festival or clubs such as Frontline.
Awards and Festival History
Carthage FF 2018
Marrakech IFF 2018
Durban IFF 2018
Festival Int'l du Film Oriental de Genève 2019
Best International Documentary Award, Hot Docs 2018 (WP)