Zanzibar Soccer Dreams (ZSD) presents the dawn of a new era for women’s soccer in Zanzibar, a predominantly Muslim Island in the Indian Ocean. ZSD is a follow-up to Zanzibar Soccer Queens - ZSQ - (2007), which focused on Women Fighters, a team of strong-willed Muslim women determined to play soccer to better their lives.
ZSD documents the impact of the first film, revealing personal and societal transformations borne out of women’s persistence to pursue their soccer passions despite obstacles and challenges. Their resistance has paid off and today in Zanzibar women’s soccer has gone mainstream. As one player declares, “Men who used to say you are hooligans, have no more words left”. Muslim schoolgirls can now play soccer as part of their physical education. Despite limited soccer equipment the schoolgirls cherish their new status, freedom and the right to play. One schoolgirl asserts, “Something great has happened to girls”.
Translated title of the contributionZanzibar Soccer Dreams
Original languageOther
Place of PublicationSelected and screened at numerous international film festivals in 10 different countries including Canada, United Kingdom, USA Tanzania, Greece, Kenya, Germany, Ukraine, Ghana, Antigua and Barbuda
Media of outputFilm
Size64 minutes
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2016

    Research areas

  • Documentary film, soccer, African Women, ETHNOGRAPHY, REPRESENTATION, visibility, Postcolonial Imaginations

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