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Despite the athletic odds, this process is likely to have special meaning to a people without a state, under military occupation and living in extreme conditions. The real triumph, Palestinian athletes say, comes every time their flag flies in international competitions. Through these players, soccer is giving Palestine a taste of its highest aspiration, what most of the rest of the world so far denies it: the right to represent itself as a nation.
Our project's crew was with
the team in Chile last year and it is currently with it in Egypt,
preparing for the qualifying games against Uzbekistan, Taiwan and
Iraq. Due to the conflict, Team Palestine will have to play its home
games in Qatar. Players from the distant Palestinian diaspora have
joined those from the territories and the Middle East, adding experience
to the team and depth to the story. We see great value in these players'
experiences and their contribution to a just solution for their country;
the bridge offered by soccer makes for a dramatic story, a huge audience
and more: an opportunity to build deeper, cultural roads to understanding
Exploring the Middle East becomes more urgent today, after decades of Western-sponsored covert action and war, climaxing recently with the occupation of Iraq. The situation of Palestinians, without a vote in Israel and nothing real to vote for in Palestine, rallies the Arab worldand beyond, standing as a monument to political hypocrisy and mocking the democratic and humanitarian principles for which the West claims to fight.
Even though the situation of Palestine is not a new subject, its treatment in our documentary will be. While most productions about Palestine tend to focus on the most brutal aspects of the conflict, preaching mostly to the converted, FÚTBOL PALESTINA 2006 will be told in a global language millions can understand: the game of soccer. Through a global game, a potential audience of millions will experience Palestine anew, its people and their needs…
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