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Having fled the war in Syria, best friends Mahmoud and Fawzi live in Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. Like many boys their age they dream of becoming professional football players. Having no real facilities or means for training they play persistently in the hope that one day their dream may come to life.

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Critic Reviews for Captains of Za'atari

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  • Director Ali El Arabi crafts a film of deep humanity, providing an exposé of the struggles and tragedies of refugee life.

    February 20, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Mahmoud proclaims that refugees don't need pity; they need opportunities. And that message resonates throughout the film.

    February 10, 2021 | Full Review…
  • A coming-of-age tale, an underdog story and an urgent humanitarian statement rolled into one, "Captains of Zaatari" claims a special place among all the recent documentaries about the Syrian crisis, with a melancholic final shot to soothe the soul.

    February 9, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Ali El Arabi's Captains of Zaatari isn't solely the football equivalent of Hoop Dreams -- it's a heartwarming tale of friendship between two boys bound by love for the game and each other.

    February 3, 2021 | Full Review…
  • A gripping documentary, but one that might leave you feeling a little unsure about the filmmaking techniques involved, once you start to think about it.

    February 23, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • El Arabi hits his points home with a certain kind of Hollywood-primed precocity that sugarcoats more complex realities.

    February 17, 2021 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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