Khartoum Offside


Scotiabank Theatre 8 Fri, Apr 26, 2019 5:30 PM
TIFF Lightbox 4 Sat, Apr 27, 2019 10:45 AM
Aga Khan Museum Sun, May 5, 2019 8:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Sudan
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Persister
Film Subjects:Africa
Religion & Spirituality
Sports & Recreation
Women Trailblazers & Rule Breakers
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Marwa Zein
Producer(s):Henrik Underbjerg
Marwa Zein
Jihan El Tahri
Editor(s):Mohammed Emad Rizq
Writer(s):Marwa Zein
Cinematography:Marwa Zein
Composer:Tunde Jegede
Sound:Sara Kaddouri
Marcel Knuth


"Under the current political Islamic military rule, women are not allowed to play football in Sudan—and we are not allowed to make films—but…" The opening quote of this film sets the tone for a group of women who defy an oppressive regime whose laws hold them back from following their dreams. Meet Sara, a remarkable and entrepreneurial young Sudanese woman whose dream is to have a soccer team that will one day compete in the FIFA Women's World Cup. She and her teammates live on the outskirts of the country's capital, a city of contradictions where family traditions, politics and religion dare to dictate their life plans. But through their common love of sport, strong bonds and street smarts, these fearless, unstoppable women challenge the standards and stereotypical perceptions of their country. Heather Haynes

Co-presented with Human Rights Watch.

Sunday, May 5 screening presented in partnership with The Aga Khan Museum.

Persister program presented in partnership with OXFAM CANADA.

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