"World Cup Inshallah"... A Palestinian Dream
This sounds like a very interesting film and I would love to watch it if it finds its way into the US. Many of us take these things for granted, being able to play a sport or practice any other hobby, while many people around the world find these small pleasures impossible to attain.
World Cup Inshallah, a film following the difficult formation, training and World Cup qualifying attempts of the Palestinian national team, will receive its UK premiere in London on Thursday.
Of all the teams that battled it out on the pitch to qualify for this year's World Cup, the Palestinian national team had its own particular conflict to endure.
Looking unsentimentally at the team's training season, the film reveals an almost comically absurd string of bad luck and mounting obstacles.
Players from Gaza must wait weeks for the Rafah border - then controlled by Israel - to open to join their team-mates in Egypt, and the team is forced to cancel a training camp in Hungary.
With no dedicated pitch, the squad must play their crucial "home" match in a virtually empty stadium in Qatar.
At one point, the tragedies of the conflict spill on to the pitch as the Gaza players reveal that five of their friends were killed that morning in an Israeli air strike. (Full article).
Kudos to the Palestinian national football team for continuing their struggle despite the challenges and hardships they face.