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Salaam Dunk

Type:
Documentary

Director:
David Fine

Year:
2011

Time:
82 minutes

Language:
English, Arabic, and Kurdish with English subtitles
    Winner! Golden Plaque, Chicago International Film Festival

"A stirring example of the possibilities for young Iraqis outside the country's war zones." —Variety

"Of the majority of images and video to be coming from Iraq...SALAAM DUNK stands aside from the pack." —IndieWire

Basketball is much more than a game in David Fine's stirring documentary about an Iraqi women's basketball team at the American University of Iraq—Sulaimani (AUIS) in Kurdistan. For the young women on the team, most of whom have never touched a basketball or been allowed to play sports at all before, it is a blissful escape from the realities of living in a war-torn nation.

The team members come from a variety of ethnicities and sects—Arab, Kurd, Christian, Sunni, Shiite—but the joy they discover in playing together and the deep love they come to feel for one another and for Ryan, their young American coach, reveals an Iraq united in a way we've rarely seen before.

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This film is available from AFD for public screenings and television broadcast. For information regarding rental rates and formats, please contact info@arabfilm.com for institutional/non-theatrical screenings, or info@arabfilm.com for theatrical, festival, television, or other bookings.

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