Director: Widad Shafakoj
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A social exploration into the lives of young women who are passionate about a sport they have been told was only for men.
The film worked with an all-Jordanian crew and was shot in quite a feminine, raw, empowering way, using the impeccable ARRI Alexa and Amira models.
No lighting was used during the filming of 17 whatsoever, which helped its director capture some real moments.
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2017/ Jordan - UK73 min/ Documentary
Original Title
17 follows the Jordanian under-17 women’s football team as they prepare for the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016. Coming from different backgrounds, 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. Who will make it in the final squad? Will the odds finally start working for the team?

Robbie Johnson
Neil McDonald
Sawsan Al Hasaseen
Soleen Al Zoubi
DOP: Ali Saadi
Editor: Yahya Alabdallah
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film festivals
El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt
Arabisches Film festival Tübingen, Germany
Carthage Film Festival (JCC), Tunisia
Arab Film Festival in San Francisco, USA
Malmo Arab Women Film Festival, Sweden
Tehran International Short Film Festival, Iran
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), UAE
Arab Film Festival in California, USA
Franco Arab Film Festival, Jordan
film awards
Best Documentary at the Franco Arab Film Festival, Jordan
“The film seeks to stay very positive and avoids controversy.” Soccer Movie Mom

“17 is a reflection of the vividness of the Jordanian film-making now.” Najeh Hassan - Alrai (Arabic)