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Men In the Arena

HD   NR Closed Captioning

J.R. Biersmith

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About the Movie

A touching story of friendship, struggle and triumph, the film follows the journey of two Somali national soccer team friends chasing their dreams in the face of impossible odds. After surviving two decades of war, Saadiq, 17, and Sa’ad, 19, the team’s most promising stars, enter the only televised match of the year hoping scouts will be watching. With passports of no value on the world stage, soccer may be their only shot to escape a growing terror threat, persecution and poverty. Against the backdrop of fear and shared sacrifice, they embark on separate but equally improbable journeys. In the opportunity of a lifetime, Saadiq sets off for America with dreams of an education and a soccer career. Sa’ad continues his career in Mogadishu with the hopes of someday being reunited with his friend. Their biggest dream is shared – to be symbols of hope to generations who have only known war.

Customer Reviews

Eye opening doc, must see!

A powerful, earth-shattering tale of how the people from a world of pirates & war cling to the one thing in their existence that is absolutely forbidden, and how that one thing carries a dream of freedom and life for their future. You'll fall in love, you'll cheer, and you'll be on the edge of your seat as these two boys navigate the dark scary world of chasing their dreams at any cost. History buffs, sports buffs, citizens of the world, and champions of humanity alike will find this pulling at their heart strings until the very end! A must-see


I first viewed this documentary in St Louis where the director and one of the actors (Saadiq Mohumad, who is now attending University here) were available at the end to answer questions, providing some great insight into Somali and the struggle faced by the the population through the story of these soccer players.

A very positive and moving experience, I'd recommend buying or renting.

Well done J.R. Biersmith.

So well done; so moving.

So well done; so moving.

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Men In the Arena
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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