The incredible story of Nadia Nadim, the former Afghan refugee who became a star player for the PSG.
By Anissa Bonnefont, the acclaimed director of Wonder Boy on CANAL + (César-nominated and winner of Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary Feature – Special Jury Mention in 2020).
It follows Nadia Nadim, born and raised in Afghanistan until the Taliban executed her father in 2000, when she was 8 years old. This marked the start of two years of exile for Nadia’s mother and her five daughters (one was still a baby). Escaping on foot, long months spent waiting in Peshawar, Pakistan, flying to Rome under false identities, travelling on trucks, the fear of not arriving in Europe all together, negotiating with smugglers and their enormous power over life and death, refugee camps and finally… a new life in Denmark. This is where Nadia began her football career, from B52 Aalborg to Fortuna Hjørring in 2012. She made her Champions League debut the same year, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over Scottish champion Glasgow. Nadia joined PSG in January 2018.
But Nadia’s goals extend far beyond football. This multi-lingual young woman is very committed to NGOs that support women, education and refugee children. She is also a future surgeon. What Nadia wants more than anything else, is to repair humanity.
Directed by: Anissa Bonnefont
Produced by: Federation Studio, Echo Studio
Original Broadcasters: CANAL+ Creation Originale
Language: French & English
Year of production: 2020-2021
International Sales: Federation
Festivals & awards: Winner of the jury award of the 11mm Football Festival 2022 in Berlin. Nominated in the Highlights’ section of CPH:Dox 2022, the Deauville Green Award 2022, the 2022’ American French Film Festival, the Paladino d’Oro Sport Film Festival 2022, Al Jazeera Balkans Docs 2022, Bilbao Think Football Film Festival and the International Emmy Awards 2022.