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Men in the Arena (2017)

Two Somali soccer stars chase impossible dreams in this human rights story born out of civil war and terror.


J.R. Biersmith

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Credited cast:
Barkhad Abdi ... Himself
Mark Bowden ... Himself
Sa'ad Hussein Sa'ad Hussein ... Himself
Saadiq Mohammed Saadiq Mohammed ... Himself
Francisco Molina Francisco Molina ... Himself
Oscar Pareja Oscar Pareja ... Himself


Two Somali soccer stars chase impossible dreams in this human rights story born out of civil war and terror.

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USA | Djibouti | Kenya | Somalia



Release Date:

11 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Mogadishu, Somalia See more »


Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

2728 Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Mark Bowden: It's the most hopeful story I've seen come out of Somalia in 25 years.
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Written by Samatar Hasan & Pat Jabbar
Performed by Samatar & The Kasbah Rockers feat. Bill Laswell
Courtesy of Barraka El Farnatshi Prod.
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Man in the Arena is about to Somalian National team soccer players who purse their dreams and they are driven to make a great impact for their country.
17 July 2017 | by abdirizak-46318See all my reviews

Man in the Arena is a sensational film that depicts reality of what some people go through. It shows how dreams can ultimately become reality with hard work and dedication. No matter how bad things may look at this moment, just think there are other people who are going through the exact same or worse struggles and they are continuing to make their life better even through the most difficult of times. This film depicts just that and some important life lessons can be taken away if you have an open mind. Saadiq didn't have fancy cars, wasn't rich, but he was content with himself. That's what got Saadiq and his friend Sa'ad through the toughest of times when things were not going well. Finally, this film does a fantastic job in showing the past has gone and left it's the mark. Now it is time for us to build the present and make a great impact that will forever be remembered.

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