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Captains Of Zaatari

  • 1h 23m
  • Ali El Arabi
  • Egypt
  • 2021

Two best friends, Mahmoud and Fawzi, living in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, share an undying dream of becoming professional soccer players. Despite being confined under dire conditions, they remain hopeful and practice day in and day out.

When a world-renowned sports academy visits, both have a chance to make this dream come true. Director Arabi tells a moving tale of two Syrian teenagers with a deep love for soccer and what their hopes and dreams can mean with a future of bleak limited options. This story is sensitively told with stunning cinematic artistry and precision, honouring the lives portrayed with authenticity and respect. 


El Arabi’s debut is ultimately rousing through its fluid, casual specificity, tracing a beautiful friendship that pledges to defy the odds.
Tomris Laffly, Variety

This film is part of our Around the World in Nine Films Category, proudly presented by RNZ.


Ali El Arabi


Ali El Arabi



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