Director Widad Shafakoj's documentary film 17 is landing its premiere at its homeland, Jordan, following a one-year tour of film festivals, within the 24th edition of the Franco Arab Film Festival (24 June - 1 July) on Monday, June 25 at 09:00 pm at the Royal Film Commission - RFC in Amman.
The Franco Arab Film Festival is organized by the Institut Français in Jordan in collaboration with the Royal Film Commission - RFC.
Continuing its strategy that aims at opening new windows for documentary films, MAD Solutions will commercially release 17 at Prime Cinema, Baraka Mall on Thursday, June 28.
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. 17is 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.
The film screened at a number of prestigious film festivals around the world before being released in its homeland of Jordan, including Carthage Film Festival, 1stGouna Film Festival, Muscat international Film Festival, ALFILM - Arab Film Festival Berlin, Arab Women Film Festival in Sweden, Carthage Film Festival(JCC) in Tunisia, Arab Film Festival in California, USA, Arabisches Film festival Tübingen in Germany, and Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
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, she 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 revolves around 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.The film screened and was nominated for awards at a number of prestigious film festivals around the world, including Gouna Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, Carthage Film Festival, among others.