Freedom Fields

Film phase:Completed


Filmed over five years, Freedom Fields follows three women and their football team in post-revolution Libya, as the country descends into civil war and the utopian hopes of the Arab Spring begin to fade. Through the eyes of these accidental activists, we see the reality of a country in transition, where the personal stories of love and aspirations collide with History. A love letter to sisterhood and the power of ‘team’.


Naziha Arebi looking directly ahead. She is wearing dark-rimmed glasses and her curly hair is tied up with some tendrils loose on both sides of her face. Black and white portrait, with an out of focus background.

A British-Libyan artist and filmmaker, Naziha returned to Libya during the revolution. Coming from a theatre background, Naziha works at the cross section between cinema and activism, producing shorts for Oxfam, UN Women, Hivos, Al Jazeera, and BBC. Her photographic work has been published online, in print, and exhibited internationally. She regularly works as a cinematographer in the MENA region, and is currently working on two feature documentaries in Libya. Naziha is also a HotDocs Blue Ice Fund and a Sundance Lab fellow.