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We Could Be Heroes

Hind Bensari, 82 min

Denmark, Morocco, Tunisia, Qatar, 2018

We Could Be Heroes

Two Moroccan sportsmen with different handicaps set out on a long journey towards the Paralympic Games in Rio.

When the physically disabled Azzedine Nouiri comes home to Morocco from the Paralympic Games in London with a gold medal and a new world record, he expects his life to change, and that he will finally have the means to create a bright future for himself and his family. But he is instead immediately forgotten by his sports federation and the government, who deny his right to a salary, to care and to train at his local athletics stadium. But at the same time, he becomes a symbol of success for Youssef - a mentally handicapped young man, who has been isolated all his life and now dreams of flying for the first time, to see the world and to be seen. Azzedine takes Youssef under his wings and makes it his goal to get them both qualified for the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016. The odd couple and their journey is suddenly less about sport and more about the fight to exist as equals in a society that is not interested in fighting for those who stand out.

Director: Hind Bensari
Original Title: We Could Be Heroes
Country: Denmark, Morocco, Tunisia, Qatar
Year: 2018
Running time: 82 min
Dialogue: Arabic, French
Series: CHANGE
Category: Real Life
Tags: Sport Africa HumanRights
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Producer: Vibeke Vogel, Habib Attia
Production Company: Cinetelefilms, Bullitt Film ApS, Disconnected Films
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