I Am Somebody

A production by JaJa Film Productions, SOC Films, 5th Element Group & Rebel with a Cause

Director: Jamillah van der Hulst

Assistant director: Dina Amin

Producers: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy & Conrad Alleblas

Executive Producers: Scott Rehmus, Scott Lewis, Ed Martin, Mark Sadovnick, Jim van Eerden, Terry Torok, Mike Downey & Stephen Daldry

Stills photography: Alex Kirschstein & Vicky Roy

Duration: 96 minutes

Premiere: Festival do Rio (13 October 2023)

Sales inquiries: JaJa Film Productions.

I Am Somebody is the inspiring story about six street-connected children who are chosen to represent their country at the Street Child World Cup in Qatar. Some of them are from the streets of Brazil and Bangladesh, some come from poor families in Pakistan and another is from a refugee camp in Palestine. But there is one thing that all these children have in common: their lives will change forever when they participate in the Street Child World Cup.

The United Nations estimates that there are over 100 million street-connected children worldwide who depend on the streets for their survival. Life on the streets for these children is filled with danger. Instead of receiving support, they are often blamed for their situation and stigmatized. As a result, they face violence and abuse. Although they are vulnerable, they are also resourceful and resilient. But they are denied the opportunities they need to realize their potential.

The Street Child World Cup uses the power of football to raise awareness and tackle the widespread stigma faced by street-connected children, inspiring countries, governments and communities to better protect, respect and support street-connected children worldwide.

The Street Child World Cup in Qatar brought together 28 teams with more than 280 street-connected children from 25 countries from across the world for their own boys and girls international football tournaments, festival of arts and congress for their rights.


Press KitIMDb