Film: "Running on Sand" (2023) (Part of the Michiana Jewish Film Festival)


Location: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Film: "Running on Sand" (2023)

In this feel-good dramedy of resilience and belonging, a young Eritrean refugee Omari (Chancela Mongoza) on the brink of deportation is mistaken for a professional soccer player, bringing hope to a struggling Israeli team. Dodging immigration authorities at the airport, he is erroneously assumed by Maccabi Netanya fans to be a Nigerian soccer star. With no sporting talent but hailed as a hero, he unites and uplifts the floundering squad, while hiding his true identity. Amid their quest for victory, he finds himself falling for the team owner's endearing daughter, all while risking exposure. Starring Congo-born Chancela Mongoza and other African migrant actors, this Israeli Academy Award Best Film nominee sweetly melds humor and heart, shedding light on the unseen and unheard in Israeli society.