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.
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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