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In Jeffrey Saunders and Maya Sanbar's absorbing video documentary, Palestine faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles as it hastily assembles a national soccer team for the 2006 World Cup, drafting players from a variety of countries. Without an officially recognized nation, the team is forced to practice in Egypt for a month as it prepares for a qualifying match against Uzbekistan, coached by an Austrian whose halting English is poorly translated into Arabic and Spanish by his assistant. Tensions mount as the language barriers impede the team's performance, and the players' emotions oscillate between national pride and dejection over their miscues on the field. In English and subtitled Arabic. 86 min.

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