Dir: Marwa Zein 

Sudan | 2019 | 75’ | Doc

O.V. Arabic, with English and Spanish subtitles

A group of exceptional young ladies in Khartoum are determined to play football professionally.

They are prepared to defy the ban imposed by Sudan’s Islamic Military government and they will not take no for an answer. Their battle to get officially recognized as Sudan’s National Woman’s team is fearless, courageous and often laughable. But their struggle is unwavering.

Through the intimate portrait of these women over a number of years we follow their moments of hope and deception.

A fascinating first work by Marwa Zein showing the hard limitations that women from Sudan face. Without being LGBTI+ly explicit because of obvious security and integrity reasons. Khartoum Offside interrogates between lines about sexual diversity in their simplest aspects.


2019: Africa Movie Academy Award (Winner: Best Documentary), Berlinale (world premiere), CPH DOX, Visions du Reel, Hot Docs IDFF Toronto, Sheffield Doc Fest, Beldocs, FCAT Spain (Best Film), JCC Tunisia – Special TV5 Monde Award, Malmo Arab FF (Special Mention), IDFA ( Best of Fests), Cairo IFF

Basque premiere