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Directed by | Suha Arraf

Genre documentary  |  Length: 52mins  |  Year of production: 2006

Sakhnin, a small Palestinian town inside Israel, produced an edgy, hungry football team that managed, against all odds, to clinch Israel's national cup in 2004. As the drama of the new football season unfolds the film explores the true reason why the underdog team has attracted such a devoted and fervent following among thousands of Palestinian fans across the country: "Arabs in this country have experienced joy only twice in the past few hundred years: When Saladdin expelled the crusaders from here and when Sakhnin won the cup" claims one of the characters in the film, only halfjokingly. Arraf�s film shows the football pitch to open up a wider arena in the struggle between Palestinians and Jews over land and identity in Israel. Hard Ball becomes an emotional rollercoaster at the intersection of sport and politics as it follows the team�s desperate fight for survival in Israel's premier league.