The incredible story of Nadia Nadim, once a former Afghan refugee, now a star player for the PSG.
By Anissa Bonnefont, the acclaimed director of Wonder Boy on CANAL + (César-nominated and winner of Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary Feature – Special Jury Mention in 2020).
A Stolen Life follows Nadia Nadim, born and raised in Afghanistan until the Taliban executed her father in 2000, when she was 12 years old. This marked the start of two years of exile for Nadia’s mother and her five daughters (one was still a baby). Escaping on foot, long months spent waiting in Peshawar, Pakistan, flying to Rome under false identities, travelling on trucks, the fear of not arriving in Europe all together, negotiating with smugglers and their enormous power over life and death, refugee camps and finally… a new life in Denmark. This is where Nadia began her football career, from B52 Aalborg to Fortuna Hjørring in 2012. She made her Champions League debut the same year, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over Scottish champion Glasgow. Nadia joined PSG in January 2018.
But Nadia’s goals extend far beyond football. This multi-lingual young woman is very committed to NGOs that support women, education and refugee children. She is also a future surgeon. What Nadia wants more than anything else, is to repair humanity.
Directed by: Anissa Bonnefont
Producers: Federation Entertainment, Echo Studio
Original broadcaster: CANAL+ Creation Originale
Language: French & English
Year of production: 2020-2021
International Sales: Federation Entertainment