Making a Comeback to Its Hometown
Screening of Documentary Film 17 at Liwan Youth Space in Jordan
Director Widad Shafakoj's documentary film 17 screens at the Liwan Youth Space in Jordan on Tuesday, May 28, at 09:00 pm. The film has achieved great success through its screening at Morocco's Cin√©math√®que de Tanger, and it witnessed a massive turnout during its screening at Prime Cinemas in Jordan.
The Liwan Youth Space is a safe and supportive youth-based social change space, with a system of contribution and exchange that welcomes youth groups and initiatives providing space for dialogue and discussion among young people.
Since its world premiere, the film has achieved great success through its screenings at several prestigious film festivals around the world, including Carthage Film Festival (JCC) in Tunisia, the1st El Gouna Film Festival, Muscat International Film Festival, ALFILM - Arab Film Festival Berlin, Arab Women Film Festival in Sweden, Arab Film Festival in California, USA, Arabisches Film Festival T√ľbingen in Germany, the Oran International Arabic Film Festival, Karama Human Rights Film Festival, and Adelaide Film Festival. It also participated in the Franco-Arab Film Festival in France and Zurich Arab Film Festival, along with its screening at the Dubai Film Market of the Dubai International Film Festival.
17 follows the Jordanian under-17 women's football team as they prepare for the FIFA U17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2018. Coming from different background, each of the girls has faced a different set of challenges as a national team player. But now, they come together to face their biggest challenge yet.
17 is a social exploration into the lives of young women who are passionate about a sport they have been told was only for men. Will Anoud make it in the final squad? Will Leen be ready to play in this world-class event with so little time to prepare? Will the odds finally start working for the team? 17 is directed by Widad Shafakoj, produced by Muna Fityani and distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions.
Widad Shafakoj is a Jordanian documentary film director who utilizes films as a means of expressing her opinions on the society in which she lives. She directed ID:000, an award-winning short film about the abuse that is inflicted on Jordanian orphans. The film led to a change in Jordanian orphan-related regulations.
In 2013, Shafakoj directed The Last Passenger, another short film that exposed the story of Syrian refugees who illegally escaped from Al Zaatari camp to Jordanian governorates. A year later, Widad was able to present an issue that is close to her heart in her debut feature film If You Meant to Kill Me, which follows women who are imprisoned for their protection after being threatened to get killed for honor.
In 2017, Widad worked with HRH Prince Ali bin Hussein on her film 17, which follows the Jordanian under-17 women's football team as they prepare for the FIFA U17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016.