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The Land that Banned Football

The story of two Somali footballers trying to rebuild their own lives off the pitch, and provide hope for a nation on it.

When Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab were in power in Somalia they banned football. In 2014 US director JR Biersmith started filming ‘Men in the Arena' which documents this football-mad nation on its long road back to normality on and off the pitch. It is finally released next month. The story is told through the eyes of two its players Sa'ad Hussein and Saadiq Mohammed.

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Photo: The poster for the film "Men in the Arena" Credit meninthearena.com

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