Captains of Za’atari (2021)


Feature Documentary Competition | Egypt, USA | Arabic | 75 min


About the Film

Set in the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan, the two best friends, Mahmoud and Fawzi, remain hopeful of becoming professional soccer players and practice day in and day out. When a world-renowned sports academy visits, both have a chance to make this dream come true, and their stories take an unexpected turn. 

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Ali El Arabi

Ali El Arabi is a documentary director and producer based in Cairo. He started his filmmaking career as a producer and director at Dream TV in Egypt, where he worked on documentaries such as Witness and Martyr, and Dreaming of a Constitution. He went on to produce documentaries for ZDF, Stern TV Germany, and National Geographic in the MENA region. In 2015 El Arabi set up Ambient Light, a Cairo-based production company that focuses on various MENA-region issues, such as refugee displacement, and women and children’s rights. El Arabi holds a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications from Mansoura University. Captains of Za’atari is his first feature documentary film.


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