Freedom Fields kicks off its cinema release

A love letter to sisterhood and the power of the team, Freedom Fields follows three women and their football team over five years in post-revolution Libya. This captivating and inspiring debut documentary feature by British Libyan, Naziha Arebi will be released in UK cinemas on 31 May, in the run up to the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

The film will receive early screenings at Glasgow Film Theatre on Saturday 25 May, and at Edinburgh's Cameo Cinema on Monday 27 May, both with Q&A's with director, Naziha. To see the full list of UK cinema screenings, visit

Freedom Fields is the story of three accidental activists - friends coming from different social and political backgrounds who play for their country’s female football team. Through their eyes, we see their hope, struggle and sacrifice in a land where dreams seem a luxury.

A young girl kicks a yellow football

Praised by critics and audiences at festivals around the world including Toronto, London, Mumbai, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Doha, Glasgow, Copenhagen and winner of Best Film at the 2018 Joburg Film Festival, and Best Documentary at the 2018 Karama Human Rights Film Festival, Freedom Fields is one of the first feature films about Libya to be directed by a Libyan filmmaker, and the first by a female Libyan director.

Naziha Arebi captures the beauty of street-life and the women's games with immersive self-shot cinematography, enhanced by evocative sound design by Giovanni Buccomino and rousing score by Katya Mihailova. The film was edited by an award-winning trio Ling Lee, Alice Powell and Maya Hawke, and produced by Flore Cosquer of SDI Productions. You can learn more about the film at

“Initially, I thought I was making a film about the women’s fight to play their first ever match as Libya's national women's football team but it became something far richer, more intimate and more powerful. I started to question how far we go before we realise a dream is over, I also discovered the power we find in such moments to start to create new dreams" says the film's director, Naziha Arebi.

"This revealed itself as the core essence of the film, for the team, and for myself. The human ability to re-invent, to find strength, spirit, even when we feel we have lost everything. Freedom Fields is a testament to taking action, finding strength in the face of adversity, and sharing that will, power and joy with others and the next generation.”

"A celebration of an incredible group of women"

“Beautifully shot, subtly told, by turns moving, infuriating and exhilarating, this is a celebration of an incredible group of women that you simply must meet for everything they represent.”

Elhum Shakerifar
Little White Lies

More about Naziha

Naziha Arebi is a Libyan/British artist and filmmaker who returned to Libya after the revolution to work and explore her father's homeland. In 2012 she co-founded HuNa Productions, a Tripoli-based production collective, aiming at developing Libyan cinema as a tool for change. She has since made short films shown internationally, completed a series of educational shorts on Libyan reconciliation, and regularly works as a cinematpgrapher in the MENA region.

Naziha is a HotDocs Blue Ice and a Sundance Lab fellow and a WEF Global Shaper. Her artwork has been published extensively in print and exhibited globally and alongside her first feature Freedom Fields, she is also producing After a Revolution, and working on her first fiction hybrid feature.

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