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Men in the Arena A Project of Creative Visions Fiscal Sponsorship

Men in the Arena

A touching story of friendship, struggle and triumph, the film follows the journey of two Somali national soccer team friends who face impossible odds to fulfill their dreams.

After surviving two decades of war, Saadiq,17, and Sa'ad, 21, 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 ticket 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.

How can you help?

We made this film to put a human face on a place that was once a failed state and now sits on the precipice of peace. Sa'ad and Saadiq sacrificed everything to share their story and now we want the film to touch every corner of the globe. To do that we need finishing funds to clear music, images, and other footage. We also want to enhance our marketing and social impact efforts.

Supported by 25 Donations:

  • Brooke H.
    I Gave $100
  • Lori K.
    What a story!
  • Peter G.
    I Gave $250
    JR - "Don't fuck up."
  • Brooke H.
    I Gave $100
  • Lori K.
  • Brooke H.
    I Gave $100
  • Yusuf A.
    I Gave $500
    Excellent documentary! Must see!
  • Brooke H.
    I Gave $100
    Brooke Schulze I met Saadiq today in my flight from STL to Chicago and it was the best flight of my life. What an amazing young man.
  • pamela m.
    I Gave $100
    can't wait to see it!
  • Yusuf A.
    I Gave $500
    Thank you for making this wonderful documentary!
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  • Felix M.
    I Gave $100
  • Hellen M.
    Loved it!
  • Anh D.
    I Gave $300
    What strength - and what spirit! We're so inspired by the stories of these graceful athletes - and by the inner drive of the team of filmmakers. Wow!
  • Robert G.
    I Gave $50
    Can't wait to see it JR. Thank you!
  • J Michael E.
    I Gave $50
  • Stephen  B.
    I Gave $100
    See you on Sunday.
  • michael s.
    Can't wait!
  • Darin H.
    I Gave $100
    We can't wait to see the movie on the big screen. We are so proud of your drive and dedication JR. -Darin & Victoria
  • Eli G.
  • Daniel K.
    Supporting our Men in the Arena!!!! - Duzy
  • Dave D.
    Looking forward to seeing this inspirational story.
  • Jesse S.
    I Gave $50
    looking forward to the screening bud!
  • Lizbeth  C.
    I Gave $25
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