Filmed over five years, Freedom Fields follows three women and their football team in post-revolution Libya, as the country descends into civil war and the utopian hopes of the Arab Spring begin to fade. Through the eyes of these accidental activists, we see the reality of a country in transition, where the personal stories of love and aspirations collide with History. An intimate film about hope, struggle and sacrifice in a land where dreams seem a luxury. A love letter to sisterhood and the power of team.
The director. “I thought I’d make a film about the women’s struggle of the women’s national soccer team, but the story has become something much richer, more intimate and more powerful. I started to wonder how far we can go to make a dream come true”.
Naziha Arebi is a Libyan/British artist and filmmaker grown in Hastings UK and returned to Libya after her studies at Central Saint Martin College of Art and Design, during the revolution to work and explore her father’s homeland. She collaborate on a regular basis with ONG ant TV, using the camera as an instrument of activism.
FREEDOM FIELDS (Libia, GB, Olanda, Usa, Libano, Qatar, Canada, 2018, 97’). Director, Naziha Arebi; screenplay, Naziha Arebi; editing, Ling Lee, Alice Powell, Maya Hawke; cinematographer, Naziha Arebi; sound, Giovanni Buccomino; music, Katya Mihailova; producer, Naziha Arebi, Flore Cosquer; production SDI Productions Ltd / HuNa Productions; distribution Wide House, Anais Clanet