A legendary Egyptian football coach is brought back from retirement by his former star player to train a team of pan-Arab misfits in Jordan to compete against France in order to secure funding for their football academy.
NIZAR WATTAD was raised in East Tennessee, earned a Masters in screenwriting from USC in 2006 and frequently collaborates with Golden Globe winner / two-time Oscar nominee Hany Abu-Assad ("Paradise Now," "Omar"). Walt Disney Pictures recruited Nizar to write the first Arabic-language film ever produced by a major studio ("The United," Touchstone 2012). He created a story for iOS game "Tribal Rivals," which debuted at #1 in the App Store in 2014. His work was chosen for the 2008 Sundance RAWI Lab, 2010 Dubai Film Connection, and 2016 Sundance Producer’s Summit.
Wattad also teaches for Elon University in LA, produced the first compilation of Arab-American hip-hop and has hosted live performances, lectures and workshops around the world.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Higley Hall Auditorium
202 N College Rd, Gambier, OH 43022