The American actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie has joined the team of a new documentary ‘We Dare to Dream’, as an executive producer.
The refugee sports documentary will be directed by the Oscar-nominated director Waad Al-Kateab, which will present the story of the young, stateless athletes from Iran, Syria, South Sudan and Cameroon who competed together at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo under the banner of the IOC Refugee Olympic team.
In a statement, Al-Kateab said “I have long admired Angelina’s clear-sighted and principled approach to human rights and refugee issues”.
“She has been a true ally to the refugee community and to me personally over the last two years. I am absolutely honored to welcome her to this team and to partner with her in upholding the rights and dignity of refugees,” the director added.
The world premiere for the documentary will be held at the Tribeca Festival on Sunday.
The Oscar-winning actor has been advocating for the rights of refugees for a long time. Jolie has served as a goodwill ambassador for UN refugee agency the UNHCR from 2001 to 2012 and as a special envoy from 2012 to 2022.
Al-Kateab was nominated for Oscar for her debut documentary called ‘For Sama’, which she co-directed with Edward Watts. The documentary explored her personal experience of war and displacement as a young mother through the beginning of the Syrian war in 2012 through the fall of her hometown of Aleppo in December 2016.
‘For Sama’ won the Cannes Film Festival’s Golden Eye award and BAFTA in best documentary category.