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We Dare to Dream

1h 38m Documentary 2023

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We Dare to Dream is the incredible story of athletes from Iran, Syria, South Sudan, and Cameroon—all refugees who swim, run, and fight their way to opportunity and safety in host nations across the world. Spanning a breadth of backgrounds, personal stories, and Olympic sports, the film reveals their lives and hopes as they train to compete on the world stage, showing the fire and the drive of young people forced to leave their families, homes, and countries of birth to build new lives. Culminating in their competition at the Summer Olympics, their compatriots back home and their new communities in refugee camps stand alongside these determined young athletes in spirit as they fight for their place in the world and showcase the incredible accomplishments they are capable of. This is their story of heart in the face of adversity, and most of all, of hope for a better life.

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Waad al-Kateab


Joe Gebbia


Bryn Mooser


Kathryn Everett


English, Arabic, German, French, Persian


United Kingdom, United States