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Directed by | Francesco Cannito & Luca Cusani

Genre documentary  |  Length: 54mins  |  Year of production: 2008

Ghadir dreams that at last someone will buy her some running shoes. Nader trains while hoping that a missile doesn't land on him. Zakia hasn't got a permit from the military authorities to get to the swimming pool. These are the athletes belonging to the Palestinian squad who depart Jericho in July 2008 to take part in the Beijing Olympic games.... Inshallah, God willing, because many difficulties must be overcome before reaching China. First and foremost, the difficulty of competing for a state that doesn't formally exist yet, Palestine. And then the difficulty of competing for one that doesn't have the means to support its athletes. Inshallah Beijing is a candid portrait of these young athletes and their dreams as they leave their homes for the first time to prepare at training facilities thousands of miles away in unfamiliar surrounds.