Set in 2014 Syria, a family fix the TV antenna to continue watching the FIFA world cup final match. Adam, a young Argentina-fan, bets his older Germany-fan brother on the winner. The match is interrupted by a sudden air bombing raid shutting down the electricity. As usual for the family, they take cover until the bombing is over, and the older brother amusingly tells Adam that in heaven he can watch football all day long. After the raid, although warned by his mother not to, the older brother goes outside to fix the TV antenna again. Live Broadcast is a deeply personal story inspired by Khaito and her family’s lived experience of watching soccer under siege in Syria.
My family and I were trying to watch soccer under siege in Syria. The film shows the reality of many families there. The news on the TV don’t usually show these images about us. They don’t show emotions of people in their houses, they just show the fighting between the people in power. When I was 15, I decided If I will survive, I will learn how to make films to show people the facts and the stories I witnessed during the war. In our world, soldiers in tanks are scared of words and art more than anything else. - Shahd Khaito, Director's Note
Directed by Shahd Khaito
Action for Hope (AFH) was founded in 2015 to provide cultural development and cultural relief programs that meet the cultural and social needs of marginalized and displaced communities in the Arab region. The selected films are part of the Action for Hope Film School, which was launched in March 2017, building on the video training workshops that were organized by Action for Hope in Lebanon since 2013, within the cultural relief convoys and also as standalone activities.
AFH believes in the role of Arts and Culture in empowering individuals and communities, particularly those in distress. We provide people with access to culture and tools for creative expression to enrich their lives, increase the cultural capital of communities around them, and enable their contribution to our shared humanity. AFH has a vision of a just and tolerant world, where communities risking social fragmentation because of war, displacement, or extreme poverty use creativity to face and surmount their difficult circumstances.
The film was available to watch for free during Refugee Week. We thank Action For Hope for generously making their important work available.
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