Khartoum Offside

(Khartoum Offside)

Sudanese women practise football without professional equipment, in secret, and separated from the rest of the world by a fence. Although their skill and enthusiasm equal the men’s, the government won’t hear of a women’s team.

Their zeal can lead to high fines and other sanctions. These are imposed by the militant Islamic government not only for playing football, but also for drinking alcohol or smoking a hookah. Sudan’s official stance reads: “Women’s participation in this sport leads to their deviancy, loss of femininity, and even to violent behaviour.” Even so, the local women footballers meet in secret, although they often do not have the money to rent a pitch. So begins a battle of independence and resolve against a political edict and conservatism. Will the coming elections bring victory to the footballers, or will the absurd edict remain in force?

Czech premiere

About the film

Director: Marwa Zein
Sudan, Norway, Denmark, France
2019 | 75 min.

Language: Arabic

Subtitles: English

Director

Marwa Zein

Filmography
2019 - Khartoum Offside
2016 - One week, Two days!
2013 - Culture for all

Marwa Zein

Screenings

07. 03. 15:00 Evald
DiscussionFatima Rahimi, journalist and football lover
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08. 03. 20:30 Atlas - Large Hall
DiscussionVojtěch Ondráček, sport sociologist
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