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.
Responses to the film
“Arebi’s shooting as DoP, with camera backup by Sufian Arara, is immersive, energetic and bold, even when she’s making an effort to keep her camera hidden, the visuals enhanced by a marvelously enveloping sound design by Giovanni Buccomino"
- Filmmaker Magazine
“Arebi brings a keen eye to the documentary, capturing the beauty of street life and the women's games with stunning cinematography. Whether you're a fan of soccer or not, Arebi draws the viewer into a world where (as the women chant before they play) "determination, will, strength" are words to live by”.
- Kiva Reardon, TIFF Programmer
“FREEDOM FIELDS shows how sport could unite and inspire people from diverse backgrounds to seek something bigger than themselves”.
- United News of India
“It’s hard to put into words how this film has made me feel. There are so many emotions. What I can say is that Freedom Fields, the lives of these incredibly brave and inspiring young women, and their world which Naziha and her team were able to capture, will change lives. It already has. It’s not so much a film as a movement”.
- Audience Member
“The camera is intimate, giving us the real impression of being let inside the lives of these women. We ride with them in the car, and pace anxiously on the sidelines as they play. Her aesthetic is poetic and artistic, finding beauty in the blur of streetlights, and poignancy in shots of little boys who play ball without a care”.
- Anya Wassenberg, Art and Culture Maven